Brexit: Europeans aim to uncertain future as UK leaves EU
‘ I have blended feelings’
Justyna Grudzien, 20, violinist from Poland
‘ Unpredictability of no-deal still stresses me’
Gabriele Caredda, 27, NHS nurse from Sardinia, Italy
‘ It won’t have a big impact on our organisation’
Kate O’Sullivan, 27, Irelands Eye Knitwear, Ireland
‘ It might make the EU more unified’
Tudor Blaj, 43, trip operator in Romania
I have no idea what will happen with Brexit – totally free motion of individuals is my primary issue. I could have less British clients, so it might get more difficult for me. About 60%of my customers are British.
UK subscription of the EU and all the European building has been a good idea. The EU has actually implied European states getting together to survive financial pressure from the US and China and so on. Having a larger market helps us take on those big powers.
I don’t believe Brexit will result in a split of the EU. It could make the EU more unified as they will examine what made the UK leave. There was an absence of interaction about the EU’s goals.
‘ No one has actually ever left, it raises fundamental questions’
Birte Wassenberg, 52, professor in modern history, Strasbourg
Brexit is a type of transformation in what it indicates to be in the EU. Nobody has actually ever left in the past, so this raises essential questions.
It might get harder to invite British academics to Strasbourg to talk.
UK membership has been good for Europe and the British were doing truly well in the EU. They were vital for the common defence policy – without them it’s a big problem. They helped the EU to develop real political power, not just financial.
A great deal of French people are thankful that the British are leaving – they felt the British never truly belonged. However Germans actually regret the UK leaving.
Having experienced the mess of leaving the EU, others will be discouraged from leaving too.
‘ I do not think the British will desert Dutch flowers’