The psychological effects of Brexit

Since the day following the vote of the EU referendum, the fear of an unknown future affects the minds of many. Levels of anxiety and uncertainty have also affected many UK citizens.

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Great changes certainly affect the emotional state of individuals. Undoubtedly, young people including myself feel uncertainty looking towards the future. With there being 27 EU countries, I want to be able to work or live in European countries without there being any problems of doing so. I don’t plan on living in Britain for the whole of my life. But at the moment us- young people don’t know what will happen to us.

Travelling is an important part of an individual’s experiences.

We feel like we’re receiving the wrong end of the deal. It seems like in order to ease our uncertainty, we search quickly for an enemy- the vote of older generations, of conservatives, of ignorance- to discharge emotions.

A week after the referendum vote, Professor Martin Milton suggested that many felt “scared, confused, bruised and hurt.” 

Conflicts within families and the workplace- “I want to remain.” “No we need to leave”- we’ve all been there. I’ve lost count of the amount of times my dad and uncle would argue over this while we were having dinner. It is clear that the topic of Brexit can cause many disagreements with those that are close to us.

Even the government admit that the Brexit deal would be rejected by a significant margin if they went ahead with it:

Theresa May announces Brexit vote being ‘deferred’ as Government steps up preparations for no-deal

It seems as if Britain leaving the EU is being treated almost exactly the same as the concept of a break-up; Dr John McGowan, pointed to the five stages of grief. Following the referendum many found themselves in the first stage of denial (“This can’t be happening to me) and the second stage- anger. These are followed by the stages of negotiation, depression and acceptance.

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