For a while now since the Brexit vote, I’ve been watching closely what might happen in relation to Ireland.
I’m concerned about it because my wife’s from Ireland and I don’t want anything to happen to our family.
It may sound a bit dramatic but I had visions of her being deported and us going to live in Ireland.
There’s been a few stories in the press about the Common Travel Area (CTA) and how this may disappear after Brexit.
It seems as though the CTA will remain in place after the UK leaves the EU because it predates membership of the EU.
Whilst I’m relieved, I’m still on edge about what will happen once the UK leaves the EU for real.
Travelling To Ireland
We travel to Ireland at least once a year to visit relatives and it’s great how easy it is to cross the border.
I don’t want to see border posts back after Brexit and the situation going back to what I remember from my childhood.
When we first travelled by car through Portadown on going to see the inlaws it was quite nerve-racking.
There was a Sinn Féin rally going on at the time and they were stopping cars asking for monetary donations.
Luckily they didn’t stop us and they didn’t get to find out I have an English accent.
I’m sure nothing would have happened but there’s always that doubt in your mind.
Nowadays it doesn’t bother me so much because I’ve driven through Northern Ireland so many times.
Even still I hope that everything goes to plan and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remains seamless.
Brexit wasn’t something I wanted and I feel like it’s taken away opportunities for my kids in the future.
I know many of the older generation voted to leave the EU but I feel like they’ve done a disservice to young people in the UK.
I’m hoping that the idea of Associate Citizenship of the EU will be agreed during the Brexit negotiations.
Assuming it will be a similar price to getting a passport, I’d sign myself and my kids up.
I’d like to keep my identity as being part of the EU and I’d like the same for my kids too.
If that doesn’t happen then I suspect what we’ll do instead is get the kids Irish passports as well as British ones.
That way they can retain their EU citizenship and travel and work freely throughout most of Europe.
Similarly, should the CTA not go to plan going forward then I hope my wife could apply for a British passport as her dad was from England.
The SNP Threat
There’s always a spanner in the works and that more often than not is the SNP.
The Brexit vote was a UK-wide vote but the SNP constantly harp on about Scotland being dragged out of the EU against its will.
They use that as an excuse for another independence referendum along with anything else they can think of.
I would rather be in the UK outside of the EU than in an independent Scotland within the EU.
Why? Because I don’t want to live in an unsustainable utopian SNP society.
Centralising everything for more control over people’s lives and giving away freebies to keep them subordinate are their favourite pastimes.
If the SNP get their way, it’s unclear whether there would need to be a hard border with the UK.
I don’t want to put any barriers in the way of visiting family in England or Ireland and getting out of a Scotland completely overrun with SNP loonies.
Should another independence referendum happen in my lifetime and I’m still living in Scotland, I’d vote to stay with the UK.
How Is Brexit Affecting Your Family?
Has the vote to leave the EU given you any headaches for you and your family?
How do you think the decision will affect you and your family in the future?