Brexit goes, Brexit woes

Brexit complicates travel plans and future currency

Traveling is one of my biggest passions in life. I love everything about it: taking a taxi to the airport, checking my bags and I don’t even mind security. One thing that I am not a fan of, however, is going through immigration when I arrive in another country. I know it is necessary, but I still truly cannot stand it. 

One of the greatest places I think to travel is in Europe. They make it so easy for you because most of the countries are part of the European Union (EU), meaning they all have a common currency, and you don’t have to go through immigration when going to and from countries within the EU. It just makes it so much easier and more enjoyable to travel. It is beginning to look like this may not be the case for much longer though due to Brexit. 

Brexit has finally happened. The United Kingdom has officially left the European Union. Despite this, they do remain in a transition period until the end of 2020, so nothing will truly take effect yet. This will give me some time to face the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, sadness and acceptance. Okay, so maybe I can’t bargain with Boris Johnson, so just the other four stages of grief. 

I studied abroad in Europe, and one thing that I loved the most was how easy it was to travel everywhere. However, I don’t love waiting in lines at immigration when I go places. When I was living in Italy, wherever I traveled within Europe and the EU, I never had to go through immigration. It was incredibly hassle-free and I could simply enjoy my trip.

Come 2021, traveling to and from the UK, even if you are coming from within the EU, you will most likely have to go through immigration. So needless to say, I am not happy with Brexit.

Outside of travel inconveniences, I am also worried about the impact Brexit will have on the EU as a whole. 

The United Kingdom was one of the largest members, and if this sets precedent and another large member decides to leave the EU, I believe there is a chance that the entire organization could crumble and there may be a time where the European Union ceases to exist.

Not only is this a problem for things that I enjoy such as traveling, it will make it much more difficult for the people who live there as well. If the EU were to dissolve and countries went back to having their own currencies and things like that, life would be much more difficult. 

To me, this would be like Virginia and Maryland having different currencies. I know we are part of the same country and that is not the case in Europe, but the close proximity and borders shared by so many countries in the EU makes it so that is how it would feel.   

This is such a controversial topic and the vote to leave was extremely close with 52% voting to leave and 48% voting to stay which shows how big of a deal this is to people. Overall, I understand the reasoning behind Brexit and why they have decided to leave the EU, but I certainly do not agree with it, and I am definitely not happy about it.

~Taryn Hannam-Zatz, News Editor~

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