I'm not going to get too political on here - one of the SWDB forums' greatest strengths IMHO is its steadfast apolitical approach; I've seen other interest-specific forums rip themselves to unnecessary bits once everyone decides to talk politics - but,having voted REMAIN and having been somewhat choked this morning to find we're making such a seismic change on a majority of less than 2 million people, I'm going to try to embrace it as far as I can from hereon in. What's done is done, and now we're at this stage I don't want to have been proved right in my beliefs, because if I was right, if REMAIN were right, then I'm f*cked, my son is f*cked, and so on and so forth. I want to be proved conclusively wrong now.
My own mother (77 yrs): "We can't keep having foreigners, every colour under the sun, nicking all the houses."
A client of my wife's (my wife works for Age UK): "We didn't beat the Krauts in two world wars just so they can tell me what shape my bananas should be."
Foreigners, Germans, and bananas. Jesus Christ. I'm sure a huge percentage of the UK population don't truly know what they've voted for (on both sides of the argument in fairness). The naked racism displayed by my own family members has been... well look, different generation and all that, but it's been upsetting all the same.
I've always been fine defining myself as English OR British OR European (or even French, thanks to a Gallic influence five or six generations back in the family tree; I listen to Serge Gainsbourg and everything!). Made no odds. Conversely though, today's events have left me feeling far more European than ever before, and a damn sight less English.
I'm going to learn German as some weird form of solo Brexit protest. Achtung, baby! (I was going to register my dissatisfaction by withdrawing my support for England at the Euros but I already want France or Croatia to win anyway as it is )