So I haven’t really said a huge amount about the big important referendum that took place yesterday. I woke up this morning (it’s currently 7:49am here) to check the results, confident that, despite all the alleged posturing etc of the “remain campaign,” that the “leave campaign” didn’t stand a snowball’s chance of winning. I thought they’d maybe get 20% of votes.
Apparently I live in a racist, xenophobic country that is more interested in getting foreigners deported than remaining a part of the EU.
To put it into perspective for my American readers, it would be like if Texas was sick of all the Mexicans and decided to quit the United States.
You might say, “whatever, doesn’t matter to me, I’m not in Texas.” No, but I am, I am stuck in Texas that wants to leave the USA. Only I can’t just leave because of border control.
I genuinely don’t know what to do – I think this time, I’m going to have to emigrate. I have a cheque from US Amazon which I now can’t put in the bank as the exchange rate is so bad – it’s plummeted. My latest book is selling really well (but also pays in USD). All my ways of earning money are now worthless and I’ve got a foreign sounding name in a country of xenophobes who are so desperate to deport foreigners that they’ve voted to leave the EU.
There, also, goes the US-UK tax treaty. The IRS can now tax me as well as the UK. I will now pay double tax on my meager earnings.
I am glad I voted remain. Now, I think I have to vote with my feet and leave the UK before it gets any worse.
Suggestions? Apparently as a writer I will meet the eligibility criteria to emigrate to Canada by next April.