What the EU Referendum Result Means to The Cambridges and Other Young Families

*Warning*: This is a very quick, ‘splurgy’ reaction to the initial EU referendum result this morning. It’s not funny. It’s not clever.

But neither is the news.

1997, summer. It happened at high speed. Something no-one ever really, truly thought possible. The shock stayed with me as I ran into my sister’s bedroom and shook her. “Wake up,” I whispered, “I can’t believe it.”

It was my pink, white and blue radio that told me. I had been listening to Morcheeba and was at home, it being the university holidays. It was August and I was awake very early. Princess Diana had been killed.

Now, more than 20 years later, it is 4.55am and I shake my husband.

“The results show we’re going to leave the EU,” I say. “I can’t believe it.”

Four years ago – our honeymoon, Montmartre. I am so sad that when we visit next, with NG & NC we won’t be part of the EU.

It is the same sort of feeling of incredulity and grief. But worse, because this was an intentional result and this time our children are affected.

I have no idea what W&K are thinking and there is still an hour to go but it seems clear that there is no way I can be proud of being British right now. And I feel sorry for the Cambridges, as I do every other young family. By shutting the door on our relations with the EU, we have made it infinitely more difficult to demonstrate compassion, diversity and hope to the next generation.

In the last couple of hours, the pound has plunged, Scotland has called for a referendum and Nigel Farage has secured more space for his face on front pages.

Strangely, the sun is shining for the first time in days, which feels wrong. but I am drinking chocolat chaud and not a mug of tea because that feels right.

What a horrible mourning.



Characters are abbreviated as follows:

NW – not William (husband and father)

NG – not George (daughter, sister and two and three quarter year old)

NC – not Charlotte (son, brother and nine month old)

NL – not Lupo (a Labrador)




  1. June 24, 2016 / 6:31 am

    This is a momentous day for all of the wrong reasons, and I’m so sad for it. This isn’t like an election when we can sort things out in a few years – there is no going back from this. This is a Britain I don’t recognise.

  2. June 24, 2016 / 6:33 am

    You’ve summed up my initial gut-wrenching horror perfectly. Big hugs – mine’s an almond croissant.

  3. June 24, 2016 / 6:47 am

    I am genuinely a bit terrified right now ?

  4. June 24, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I think all of us are a little shell shocked this morning, even those who voted leave are now having to face up tot the repercussions. The uncertainty is the worst, none of us know how this will affect us short term, and long term. #fabfridaypost

  5. June 26, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    OMG! I can’t believe it either! I heard to news from the other side of the world (as I am currently in Thailand) and I still can’t believe it! Has the world – well actually just the British nation gone mad! I am so so disappointed on this vote . You are not alone.

    Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

  6. June 27, 2016 / 11:28 am

    I was in complete shock on Friday morning. Bad decision UK, very bad decision. Sarah #FabdFridayPost

  7. July 6, 2016 / 11:13 am

    ‘A horrible mourning’ sums it up perfectly. I haven’t written a post yet as it seems nothing long or short enough is adequate, but at least i can leave a comment on posts like yours. An extraordinary time and still trying to look for a silver lining. I’m sure one will appear though, just look at those happy shiny faces of our prospective soon to be UNelected candidates for PM! #
    Jo x

  8. July 10, 2016 / 9:15 am

    A few weeks on and I am still reeling and I am still angry that politicians played with the future of the UK and got it so wrong. This referendum should never have happened. It’s a mess and will be for years to come.

    “What a horrible mourning.” – Yes, I could not agree more.

    • July 10, 2016 / 10:28 am

      Oh I know Rosie – it is still almost unbelievable. And now we have the media mess that is ‘motherhood’ slamming from the PM candidate … sort of in despair.

      • July 10, 2016 / 1:11 pm

        Yes – I feel too much despair at the moment and am powerless to do anything about it … and that makes it so much harder. At least if the “other” party wins a general election you can try to kick them out 5 years later. With this we are without any redress.

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