Wales has chosen to bite the European hand that feeds it and has opted to do what it has continued to do for over 800 years – hope that the British will afford us some dignity. We all know how that’s turned out for us so far. Wales is losing her language, her culture and her dignity – something which would never have happened as an independent nation within a Union of fine, European peoples. The referendum has made clear what was already common, yet unfortunate knowledge. The people of Wales are largely disillusioned and are captive to their British overlords.
Outside of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands – distant lands shut off from the promise of sharing and enjoying other cultures – Wales stands as the perfect example of how brutish British colonialism has captured the hearts and minds of a subservient people.
This ‘Skokholm’ Syndrome has not only confined Wales to the uncertain future now that the European financial aid has ceased, but has made it categorically clear that Wales is firmly behind and supportive of their English neighbours.
Compared to Scotland, not only is the call in Wales for a socialist and nationalist parliament largely ignored, but the people are often swift to laugh off the idea of Wales standing on her own two feet. Could it be that our brains are programmed to find only humour in our quest to hand sovereignty to our nation? If so, these are the most heartbreaking of times in which we live.
But could there be a light at the end of this darkened tunnel?
It’s now extremely likely that Scotland will overturn the disappointment of the 2014 independence referendum. Scots will wish for a swift re-vote in order to beat the two-year deadline set for the Brexit. They will be free.
Ireland is closer than ever to becoming one nation again. Catholic or protestant, Irish or British, it seems the majority of people in the North of Ireland wish to remain in the EU. The easiest way to do this will be to reunify the island. Given the facts that numbers considering themselves Irish over British are increasing in the North and the fact that numbers of Irish Catholics in higher education has recently overtaken the numbers of their Protestant counterparts, in my view 26+6 will soon equate to one.
Of course, the correct thing for the current government to do now would be to call another general election with the standing down of David Cameron. This, however, seems unlikely and it will be down to the mere 150,000 members of the Conservative party to elect a new Prime Minister to lead the remaining 60,000,000+ inhabitants of these islands. Blair did it. But who knows? Maybe we’ll be surprised. Yet with their media-intensified admiration for Gove and Boris….
My genuine belief, and, in all honesty, my hope, is that more nations will decide to leave the EU in its current form. Over time, the exited nations will again realise the benefit and freedom of being part of a collective on this continental scale. They will see the wonders of the shared peculiarities offered by our landmass. Maybe they’ll even join together politically and they’ll decide on something like a yellow banner emblazoned with blue stars? Or the other way around, perhaps?
The question for Wales is will all this finally ignite the hearts and minds of the people here? In my short experience, no. But I live in hope that the inhabitants of Cymru will at least consider the vast benefits to being an independent nation within the European Union.
Ewrop am byth.