People from the South East living in the UK have their say #BREXIT

People from the South East living in the UK have their say #BREXIT

There's been mixed reaction from ex-pats living in the UK following the country's decision to leave the EU.

We tracked down south east natives living and working in various locations across Britain to find out what the result means to them.

Aideen Lee from Kilkenny City is living in Hackney in London. She was shocked when she woke up this morning:

"I turned on the TV to see Nigel Farage giving a victory speech and it took me a few minutes to realise what had happened and I was in total shock. Then the banner came across the screen to say that Britain had voted to leave the EU and I was really upset. And a lot of my friends are upset, most Irish people living in London were just hoping it was going to go the other way. I think I didn't really think about the possibility that it would happen, we thought the economic argument was so strong.


You have to listen to the result, and the the result really was quite emphatic. People like me who live very comfortably in London need to feel what it's like to lose occasionally and accept the will of the majority of the people. Acceptance is the main thing now. So you have to say okay, this is what people want. We have to accept that, move forward and try to do it in the best way possible."

Larry Boyle who's originally from Wexford is living in Kettering in North Hamptonshire. He's pleased with the Brexit result and thinks it proves democracy works:

"The European Union, as it was, what it started off to be, was the right thing. But what its turned out to be just isn't democratic for me. It's not the right choice. Thank God, given the opportunity, the people in the UK have realised this and voted accordingly.

My ideal really is democracy, it's about democracy. You know I'm very FOR ensuring we have the right to change things by going and voting like we did yesterday. And what an amazing vote! It's just such a positive and brilliant thing for the future that we can actually change things by voting."


Carlow native Padraig Amond is a footballer with Hartlepool in England - he is worried what BREXIT means for his career:

"I'm disappointed with the Brexit result. Am I a foreign national now? I don't know. Looking at it from a football point of view it might be better for the English football team, they'll have a lot more English players to play. But a lot of money has been pumped into the Premier League in the last few years, TV rights and all that. I think a lot of clubs could suffer because they mightn't be able to entice the top foreign players."

Scotland voted to REMAIN in the EU by 68%. Scotland's first minister has said a second independence referendum is "highly likely" . Nicola Sturgeon said it was "democratically unacceptable" that Scotland faced the prospect of being taken out of the EU against its will.

Rachel Robinson from Tipperary is living in Fiffe in Scotland, she thinks the decision will be difficult to accept there.


"It's going to make things even more divisive, I fear in Scotland.  Alex Salmond the former  first Minister who drove through the first Independence Referendum in Scotland in 2014 has already said that he reckons that this is going to drive through a second Independent Referendum. That first Referendum was already exceptionally divisive here, it was really neighbour versus neighbour and disagreements within homes. So I think that's going to be Scotland's issue in all of this, that we stood apart from the UK on this occassion.

It's very tricky because even though Scotland voted to stay, it's still 38% of the population who think we should leave so it's not an inconsiderable amount. There's still grumblings and people aren't happy with how things are."

Meghan Treacy from Waterford is living in London and was hoping Britain would vote to stay in the EU:

"All of my friends, a lot of us are basically kind of saying that we'd always planned on coming home. My long term plan was never to stay in the UK. But now definitely I think instead of 5 years I'll probably go home in 3 years or less to get away. I know things aren't going to change straight away and it'll be a few years. But I just want to get away before it all changes."