I see three immediate downsides of Brexit for my family that I hope can be resolved.
With less than 12 months to go, I’m resigned to the fact it will happen but can’t help feel it’s a mistake.
Based on how negotiations are going so far, I’m not feeling positive about the future in Britain.
We’re being outmaneuvered by the EU and in danger of crashing out without an escape route.
Maybe the country will get another chance to change their minds and this can all go away?
Visiting Family In Ireland
With my wife’s family living in Ireland, we need to cross the border to visit them.
The easiest way for us to do that is to get the ferry to Belfast and then drive across.
It’s important that we can do that without hassle and with little notice.
When we need to visit elderly relatives in an emergency, putting barriers in place that weren’t there before would be unforgivable.
I don’t want to get my passport out every time we want to go to Ireland.
The worst thing would be having to wait in a long queue at the border with two kids in the back of the car.
I remember a time when there were border controls and the the troubles in Northern Ireland were in full swing.
But the Good Friday Agreement brought all that to a close and that relies on their being no hard border.
One of the worst downsides of Brexit is that it threatens to derail all of the positive momentum and change that was brought about by that agreement.
It’s not clear at the moment whether my UK driving license will be valid in the EU after Brexit.
That seems harsh from the EU if they proceed with that stance.
It’s valid now so why not after Brexit?
Putting more barriers in our way to visit relatives isn’t helpful, particularly when they live in the middle of nowhere.
But mutual recognition of driving licenses between Britain and the EU will cease after Brexit.
Instead we may have to buy an International Driving Permit for £5.50 per annum or risk a hefty fine.
Here’s hoping both sides come to a sensible conclusion and continue to recognise each other’s driving licenses.
The SNP Problem
Historically the SNP were seen as no better than the Monster Raving Loony Party.
Unfortunately for whatever reason they’ve grown in popularity.
They would like nothing more than to break up the UK and to make things worse for everyone.
Brexit gives them an opportunity to cause grievance and try to bring more division into the equation.
I don’t want another barrier being put in place if we want to visit family and I hope the SNP disappears soon.
Another Independence Referendum
We had an independence referendum in 2014 and the answer was no.
Now we’ve also had a Brexit one, I’m referendummed out.
I don’t want another referendum for the foreseeable future and definitely not one that might break the UK up.
But the uncertainty of Brexit could play into the SNPs hands.
I hope that by the time of the next Scottish Parliament elections that the scourge of the SNP will be diminished.
The SNP and the Green Party without a combined majority would be ideal.
That way we don’t need to worry about their divisive and controlling policies any more.
In The EU Or Out?
The SNP want to be part of the EU if Scotland ever becomes independent.
I want to remain in the EU but if I had to choose an independent Scotland in the EU and the UK outside of the EU, the UK has my vote.
Scotland as a whole seems hell bent on higher taxes, more central control in government and penalising anyone who wants to make something of themselves.
I think Scotland would be quite a backward-looking country without the influence of the rest of the UK.
My own experience of the work ethic in Scotland compared to England is that it’s lacking somewhat in Scotland.
Scotland could end up as a far flung non-entity in the EU on its own.
Less Opportunities For The Kids
One of the saddest downsides of Brexit for me is that it’s going to give the younger generation less opportunities.
Not only that but by all accounts families will be less well off and prices will be higher.
I’m not convinced those who voted for Brexit really thought about the consequences of their actions.
Loss Of Freedom Of Movement
Once we’re out of the EU, my kids won’t be able to move to another EU country easily.
I think this is a huge loss to the younger generation because they’ll miss out on the opportunity to travel freely for work or go on holiday in the EU without a visa.
Putting obstacles in their way like that seems a backward step to me.
They have no say in their future and I don’t think that that’s right.
I don’t understand why people are so set against EU citizens coming here to live and work.
Let’s face it, they do a good job and are happy to pick up the work people from the UK aren’t keen on doing.
My kids were born in Scotland but I’m seriously considering getting them an Irish passport too.
That way they could have a UK passport as well as still be an EU citizen.
With my wife being Irish, I can’t imagine their application would be rejected.
And it would still give them the scope to have the freedom of movement.
Then I’ll be the only one in the family who doesn’t have it. What a shame!
What Are The Downsides Of Brexit For Your Family?
I’m sure there may be some positives of leaving the EU but I think the downsides of Brexit will outweigh them.
What do you think?