KCL reacts to Brexit

Compiled by your IR Today editorial team.


51.9% Remain, 48.1% Leave. With a 72.2% turnout, Britain indeed has voted. 17, 410, 742 people ticked the ‘leave’ box, and without a doubt we all woke up in a different world yesterday. There are few politicians yet to make a statement and their thoughts clear on this, but here’s what the students from the War Studies department here at King’s have had to say on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union:
“As a non-EU national, the EU referendum does not affect me nor my government as much, except for the 10% drop in the exchange rate that made me quite happy for awhile. In short, my feelings towards the referendum is quite neutral. The only way it has directly affected me is that my boyfriend decided to put in £30 on Ladbrokes convinced that Britain would remain in the EU. Needless to say, there goes his savings for the next week. It was the only way we could have actively participated in the referendum as foreigners. Regardless, I’m confident that the UK would bounce back from the unexpected outcome. Surely, with two years to prepare, they would draft a deal with the EU in regards to its already existing trade, and they will never dismiss the EU completely. Personally, I can only hope that by UK leaving the EU, there will be less discrimination when it comes to nationality in the job market, thus maybe a more equal opportunity for non-EU migrants. At the end of the day, we must admit that both the Remain and Leave campaigns had extremely valid points. So instead of finding fault with others, the only way is to move forward and work towards what either side collectively hope for Britain.”

  • Gustika Jusuf-Hatta, 2nd year War Studies


“The division of the UK along the lines of big cities, Scotland, Northern Ireland, young people – towns, villages, the elderly, England and Wales is worrying. This vote both sharply highlighted it and potentially enhanced it. Sometimes it’s not easy to reconcile two neighbours that disagree and it will be very hard to bridge the gap between the age groups, regions, and other strata. This has little to do with the fact that the UK voted to leave, it would be the same in the case of a narrow Remain win. The question is: can the next PM be a unifying figure?”

  • Adam Holub, 3rd year International Relations


“When the UK votes leave and your life plan changes…”

  • Julia Nicolli, 3rd year International Relations


“I am incredulous. Revolting result.”

  • Tulio Konstantinovitch, 3rd year International Relations


“Looks like I’ll have to get married soon …”

  • Ilina Trendafilova, 3rd year International Relations


“I am disappointed, sad and worried that the UK voted to leave the EU. I may not be British, and I’m not quite sure of the consequences it will have for me as a Swiss, but I truly care about this country…about its culture, history and language that has been shaping my life since I am six years old. My British teachers and British friends whom I have learnt and interacted with so much. I do not believe this was the best way forward for the UK. However, I am sure that everyone who voted in this referendum either to Leave or Stay, despite disagreeing with most of people’s motives to Leave, voted believing this was the best option for their country. It is comforting to see how many friends were opposed to todays result but it pains me to see the UK so divided. 
Throughout the campaign there has been lies, there has been false information and lack of it too. That is what angers me most of all. But the decision has been made and I now just hope something good will come out of this in the end. Good luck UK, good luck EU…I hope this works out for both somehow”

  • Alexia Keller, 3rd year International Relations


“I love my country. While I am horrified by the results, I hope we can make the most of what’s going to happen. I want us to be successful. I want our friends in Europe to be successful. I hope the United Kingdom stays together. I hope our economy and international standing remains strong. I hope for the best. Good luck Great Britain.”

  • Ash Lawton Dharmasingham, 3rd year War Studies


“I didn’t stay up last night to follow the referendum. And I didn’t think much because I was too sure that Remain would win. So when I woke up it pretty much hit me just as hard as it probably hit the leaders of the EU. I wonder if they were sleeping as well and woke up like this..? This morning however I can’t stop thinking that this outcome to Leave is not simply a tragedy for the EU. Rather, it is, in my mind, equally a Wake Up Call to a continent that is struggling ever since the financial crisis of 2008. It’s existence lately has been marred by the Union’s constant attempts to survive one self-imposed crisis after the next, be it the austerity measures ripping apart Greece and other southern-located countries, the conflict with Russia, a refugee crisis, the seemingly unstoppable rise of far-right and far-left anti-EU parties, and others to name a few. Exacerbated by internal divisions that have been caused by the absence of a firm political or economic ideology, Europe in it’s current state is too weak to effectively combat internal threats to it’s existence. Perhaps Europe needed this. Perhaps Brexit will finally notify the EU of absolutely necessary political and economic change that it needs to survive. It previously survived close calls with opponents of it’s unifying vision, such as the slim defeat of the far-right candidate in Austria. Such a close call was not enough however for Britain. The EU must stop believing that it’s ideals and calls for unity are self-sufficient in restraining it’s opponents, because they are evidently not. It must deliver on it’s political and economic promises once again, or some other force will replace it swiftly. It seems like I wasn’t the only one sleeping through this referendum. The EU and it’s leaders did as well. Their failure can’t be projected any clearer, yet it is also provides our EU with the opportunity to change. Perhaps, this is the last opportunity they’ll have. (Also Cameron resigned so that’s interesting)”

  • Stanislav Skryabin, 2nd year International Relations 


“”The ship of democracy, that has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.” -Grover Cleveland

Bigoted pensioners set a paradigm shift in determining a future Britain’s youth clearly does not want. Fear trumped logic.Well done Britain… Well done”

  • Ghenwa Minawi, 3rd year International Relations


“In actual disbelief right now.”

  • Edward Clear, 3rd year International Relations


“’They’ have done nothing. We, Great Britain, have voted to leave the European Union. We cannot dismiss this shift as a consequence solely of ignorance. Very quickly we must come to recognise that those who voted leave did so for a magnitude of reasons. This is not a result on migration nor one that does anything more than express the desire not to be ruled by a particular institution.

It is right now where being united matters. The challenges created are obstacles individual in their own right. Shedding the divisions of the campaign, we must now consider who leads us and where they lead us; demanding certainty without the sacrifice of sanity.

Very quickly the remain side must look above the rhetoric of their own campaign. There will be no war and the world will not end. Yet the economy will crumble faster, our policies on immigration will shift without our realising and our place on the world stage will be compromised; unless we remain united. Unless we understand that the issues we wake up to today are very different from the ideas we voted on yesterday- issues that require fresh thinking and renewed solidarity.”

  • Harry Johnson, 3rd year International Relations


“Few hours into ‪#‎Brexit‬ and Britain already lost monetary value, a Prime Minister, and its common sense to not give into the far right and populism. (Also note that as a European I can’t wait to go back to a country where about half the population just wants me to pack up and leave – what a time to be alive)”

  • Roberta Maggi, 3rd year International Relations


“I am gutted. I know many of you will be as well. Last night represented a massive change in the history of our country and one which is irreversible. I now speak directly to my age group, the 18-24 year olds amongst you. Votes like this can be crushing. When so many of our age group (estimated at 75%) voted for remain I know how devastating it can be to feel that we, those who must live with the ramifications of this vote for the longest, have been drowned out by the Euroscepticism of older generations. I know there will be a massive urge to protest, an urge to scream, an urge to say our voices have not been heard. And I understand that. But we are not helpless. We can still shape our future. We do not have to live in Little England. We can belong in a truly GREAT Britain.

Let’s not kid ourselves, the EU has never been perfect. EU internal protectionism has severely hampered the development of emerging economies, especially those in Africa, stopping the growth that these countries desperately need. Let us use this new position to be a beacon for hope and liberty. Let us use our newfound ‘independence’ to champion free trade, helping these emerging economies elevate themselves. Let us open our borders and our hearts, creating a real multicultural society that is fit for purpose in the globalized world. Finally, let us create a United Kingdom, rather than a divided one, and work together to make the best of this situation. “

  • Sam Wyatt, 3rd year International Relations


“Britain’s exit from the European Union has confirmed our worst fear: the gradual disintegration of the European project. Rather than dwell on today’s defeat, Brussels must look to the future, responding to current member-states’ concerns and devising strategies for the integration of EU hopefuls like Georgia and Ukraine. Adapting the EU won’t mean abandoning foundational values—instead, the EU will have to make a genuine effort to mitigate insecurity and placate Eurosceptic elements.”

  • Lincoln Pigman, 2nd year War Studies


“When the country you choose to live in, study and consume stabs you in the back… This is a sad sad day for Europe and even a worse one for Britain. ‪#‎Brexit‬

  • Jeanne Reimar, 2nd year International Relations


“Didn’t need an alarm clock this morning – I woke up to the sound of freedom.”

  • Ryan Austin, graduating in BA International Relations this summer.


“I am not upset, I am disappointed. This is unprecedented and what is even more alarming is that is due to the fact that the public is massively misinformed! Good luck, Britain, you will need it…God Save The Queen.. Literally.”

  • Joanna Kolev, 2nd year International Relations


“The British people have voted in the most democratic way possible. Some got what they wanted, some did not. However, democracy does not change its definition based upon what we believe being achieved or not. What matters now is that we move forward, no accusations of racism or cowardice from both sides should be said. That’s what it means to be a liberal Western Nation, to spit in the face of it and the actors involved smacks of totalitarianism.”

  • Will Reynolds, 2nd year War Studies


“Britain is that one dickhead that ruins everyone’s night by getting way too shitfaced and leaving the club early.”

  • Nikolai Berger, 3rd year International Relations


“Good luck out there, Britain.”

  • Ville Majamaa, graduating in BA International Relations this summer


“Congratulations Britain! You just played right into Putin’s hands, paving the way for realizing all of his hopes and dreams…who is next?”

  • Yoanna Boncheva, 3rd year International Relations


“Woah. Nativism wins, and the UK is out. Watch out France, Italy, and America, 2016-17 could be a very frightening year. Today’s a sad day.”

  • Jackson Webster, graduating in BA International Relations this summer


“UK, what have you done… This is going to have sad and grave consequences for the whole of Europe and most importantly for a whole generation of young Europeans… It’s a sad day for Europe, one which sets it back by decades, away from cooperation and back into isolationism…”

  • Kate Žejdlová, 3rd year International Relations


“Heartbroken at the result but we are Great Britain and we just have to keep going forward and getting greater. At the end of the day we live in a democracy and the right express our choice is key to our country and values. If this is what Britain wants then we cannot argue against it”

  • Shalini Chatterjee, 3rd year International Relations


“Brexit is basically England fatally embarassing itself at the global dinner table by getting drunk, being racist, walking out and then waking up the next morning with a massive hangover wondering what the fuck they did last night…”

  • Sam Forsythe, 3rd year War Studies and Philosophy

“It is too soon to decide what the implications will be, but it appears Britain has decided to leave. Although ironically this vote will mean positive things for my personal self-interest, I believe in the greater scheme of things it means negative things for my adopted country. I am saddened by the news, but hopeful that GREAT Britain will not allow it to irreversibly harm the economy or discourse on creating an open society. God save the queen, God save us all.”

  • Derek Eggleston, 2nd Year International Relations


“Sweden next please!”

  • Sofia Svensson, 3rd year International Relations


“Fuck off old people. Why is it that people over the age of 65 have an equal say as young people when they are gonna die soon. This is some serious BS ‪#‎novotesforover65s‬

  • Mark Connor, 3rd year International Relations


“Britain wtf.”

  • Agathe Destruhaut, 3rd year International Relations
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