An Immigrant Londoner in Brexit Limbo
I wasn’t born here. But I have lived here for fourteen years, and London has made me what I am.
But as lucky as I am, I’m not unusual. My experience is universal among Europeans thanks to a deal made before I was born—to pool our resources and fuse our fate as a great, borderless family.
And then, on the twenty-third of June last year, everything changed. A slim majority voted for Britain to leave the EU and with that, the guarantees I’d staked my life on disappeared. Over three million Europeans in the UK and over one million Britons in Europe were thrown into Limbo overnight.
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