Brexit is here to stay

Posted 10 Nov 2016 by Walaa Idris

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Guess I am lucky in that my side won the referendum. Last June I voted to Leave the EU and unexpectedly found myself on the winning side. It was sweet and delicious. On the night, for all of three seconds, I did gloat a bit, but it didn’t last long. To starter with, it took time for our own win to register, and secondly I didn’t have the heart to celebrate when most Remainers in the hall were beside themselves with grieve over the results. Many were in tears and hysterical with shock. I simply could not carry on enjoying our win, when boys and girls my daughters’ age wretchedly sobbed at the same result. It didn’t at all feel right to be jubilant when the others were so miserable, after all, they are my people too.

On the night of the Referendum I was a count agent. That’s how involved I was with Brexit. For months, I spent my spare time leafleting, knocking on doors and ringing voters. On the day, after spending the afternoon and evening getting out the vote, I went to Kensington and Chelsea town hall for the count. At around 5 o’clock the following morning I left feeling victorious and full of hope for a brighter and stronger future. I was sure by then that our side has won, but was still shocked when it was confirmed and very saddened when David Cameron resigned that morning.

So, I hear you ask why is she sharing this now? I am doing it to make a point. Leave winning the referendum was not just a stroke of luck. We, Leavers worked very, very hard and most of the time did it with little or no resources. As a political activist who when campaigning for the party money was rarely an object. I saw first-hand how frustrating it can be to run an important campaign on a shoestring budget. Shoestring by comparison to having a mighty government machine behind you. Still, it was all worth it.

Working in the Vote Leave campaign has humbled and taught me passion and conviction are a currency to rival all currencies. We might not have had Whitehall to back us, as cliché as it might sound, we had a huge appetite and strongly believed in our cause. We unequivocally trusted (and still do) that the UK is better and stronger outside the EU. We had no doubt that we rather go it alone and take full control of our laws, borders and decision making. People all over the world understood our fight. They respected it and us for swimming against the trend. They saw Brexit as the will of the people, the voice of the ordinary man and woman, and admired us for it. They saw in us what we saw during the Arab Spring – the voiceless fighting for a voice.

Brexit and leaving the European Union is not being misguided. On the contrary it is being bold and brave. It is being full of hope and optimism for Britain and wanting what’s best for her. It is not being afraid to go for what we want. It is being respected and admired for fighting for our values and now even copied and emulated with the election of Donald J Trump. Our desire to run our own affairs from the inside, with little or no interference from Brussels is applauded.

We have nothing against Europe, we love Europe, but not the EU and everybody saw and understood that.

However, if you listen to the Blairs and Cleggs of the country, Brexit is nothing but a disaster. A huge mistake, an injustice inflicted on the country by the ignorant and the uneducated. Perpetrated by the Riff-Raff who don’t know what’s good for them. Thus, it must be challenged in the courts and if possible reversed. Yes, reversed! The will of the majority reversed because the elite minority do not agree with it! Does that remind you of anything or anyone? It does me. I grow up in an autocracy where elections were won by 99.99% and those who openly did not accept the outcome were thrown in prison. Are we there yet? Of course, not, but the hypocrisy and disrespect to democracy are not dissimilar.

We’re in November now. The referendum is five months old. Five months seems like a long enough time for the grieving to have subsided somewhat and for the healing process to begin. Can we now put our differences behind us and focus in what unites us? Regardless of what any side thinks or wants, the country voted to leave the EU. The process of leaving is lengthy and rigorous. In my opinion, all energies used in attempting to reverse Brexit are wasted, because we are leaving.

We have until the end of March 2017 to trigger Article 50 and start the official process of vacating our seat. Brussels wants us to get on with it. They are as good as waving us goodbye and want the whole thing finished as soon as possible. The rest of the world does too. Our economy and currency need it as well. Yet, the Blairs and Cleggs of the country still can’t accept the democratic outcome!

My questions to them and their cronies, you say you care about Britain and want what’s best for her, then when are you going to put your hand on ours and work together to create the strongest Brexit? When will you realise that time wasted in fighting the inevitable is counterproductive and will only damage the UK?

We all want what’s best for our country, together we can achieve it.

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Brexit ruling!

Posted 6 Nov 2016 by Walaa Idris

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On Thursday, three High Court judges ruled government and the Prime Minister cannot bypass Parliament in trigging Article 50. The government replied by appealing the ruling in the Supreme Court. The outcome of that appeal is due early January 2017.

Must admit that I am not versed in the law, but I believed it was the government’s job to negotiate treaties. This morning, my thinking was confirmed by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the Marr show, when he told Andrew Marr “Parliament passes laws, it always has, but governments negotiate treaties. And, the reason that Parliament can’t negotiate treaties is you can’t decide an international treaty by a simple vote of MPs.”

Since the referendum vote earlier this year, feelings and emotions have been running high and voters on both sides are anxious and untrusting of one another. Leavers think Remainers will do everything to overturn the result of the referendum and some prominent Remainers are promising to do just that.

I fully understand as a parliamentary democracy MPs are our representatives and voice in the Commons. Let’s not forget that, they voted 6 to 1 in favour of an EU Referendum. And, even though treaty negotiation is not their brief, this treaty is a game changer that will have a profound effect in our nation. Therefore, it makes perfect sense they want to know and debate its points before triggering Article 50. On the other hand, Brussels made it very clear, in more than one occasion that there will be no discussion or talk regarding any deal until Article 50 is triggered.

Now, that creates a problem!

How can over 600 MPs (most of whom are Remainers) for 90 seconds each debate and add amendments, yet keep our negotiating hand secret? How can the government keep our thinking hidden from Brussels without withholding most of the negotiations form the Commons? If that happens, then what’s the point of Parliament debating Article 50?

Also, let’s not forget those Remainers who made clear their intentions to do all they can to derail Brexit either in the Commons or via the Lords! That is very damaging. It threatens our democracy and its fabric at its core. The will of the people should not be ignored and a wealthy businesswoman who is unwilling to accept the outcome of the referendum should not be allowed to dictate the destiny of Britain. Gina Miller wants the British people to admire and be her biggest fan because in her mind she saw “the elephant in the room and created a legal certainty!”

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Brexit, what’s so difficult to understand?

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Walaa Idris

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As someone who voted to leave the European Union, remaining in the single market was never a question. To me, leaving the EU meant leaving the union with all its good and bad. I believe, as neighbors who share a long history and many common interests, leaving was nothing more than a new chapter in our story together. An opportunity for both sides to rewrite a newer and even better deal than the one we had before.

Optimistic? Of course, I am, and many will be too if they just stopped over analyzing.

For years EU bureaucrats AKA Brussels, did what they wanted and did it their own way. Member states mostly just listened and obeyed. Some, because they felt it was a huge privilege to become members of the union – they were so grateful for anything their membership afforded them. Others didn’t see a way out or even cared enough for change, so they accepted the status quo and bought into the adage of ‘stay and reform from within’.

Not Britain. The British are very different and here’s the rub. For years, the UK was frustrated with the union and the way things were done. All they could see is a bureaucracy that was out of control with unmanaged finances, unbalanced budgets and an unjust and unyielding central régime. It saw increased centralisation, future for an EU Army and greater integration with even more control over member sovereignty, and did not like it. Most of all it did not like paying for and subsiding other economies at the expense of their own.

All along, Brussels knew all that, yet when Prime Minster Cameron, who believed in the union and hoped to keep the UK in it, came to them with the simplest of demands they send him home empty-handed. That prompted many Brits, myself included to vote to leave it.

I explained at the start of this article why I never expected us to remain in the single market. I don’t think I am alone in my thinking, but do understand why not everyone shares my thinking. First, change is not always easy and many don’t like it. People don’t like change not for lack of vision or adventure, but because of the uncertainty it brings and there are many who don’t know how to handle that uncertainty. To fear or doubt an unknown is a normal and understandable feeling. In fact, within reason fear is a healthy feeling, as it forces us to stop and think before we act. Which can sometimes save us from making mistakes. Yet, what I see from some Remainers is not fear of the unknown, nor caution before acting. It is much more than that. It is a rejection of the will of the people and total disrespect of their vote. That’s neither healthy nor fair and its ramifications can be very serious. I hope they rethink their attitude.

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Mr Goldsmith, Mayor Khan and Sir Trevor Phillips

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Walaa Idris

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It might feel a little late to write about this topic now, as it is a few days since it was headline news, but it is an important subject, and deserves addressing further. Particularly as I feel it was not tackled fully or fairly. Also, in light of Sir Trevor Phillips’ latest report on ‘Liberal self-delusion sleep walking into catastrophe….’ I believe the time is now appropriate to speak to the grave accusation levelled at the Conservative Party and its members during this year’s London Mayoral Election.

As I tweeted during the election, neither the Conservative party nor Zac Goldsmith is racist. And I don’t think that should come as news either. Just look at the Tory membership, then at their front bench and elected representatives in all levels of government and you will see many non-white faces in all fields and at every rank. The same goes for female representation, and here, I would like to emphasize that none were selected or elected on special lists or measures such as ‘Women Only List’ – but I digress.

So let’s go back to the Goldsmith Khan racism row that caused some brown and Muslim people to feel aggrieved, which to me is the epitome of the power non-white people have over white people in this country. My point here is very simple, if any ethnic person accuses a non-ethnic person with prejudice everything will stop and apologists from all walks of life will jump to his or her defence before knowing, the background, reason or even the validity of the accusation directed. It seems in today’s Britain and contrary to our legal system, when it comes to prejudice a white person accused of bias is guilty until proven innocent. However, if the tables are turned and a non-white person is accused of bias then, he or she is innocent until proven guilty. And that is neither fair nor right.

That is why Sir Trevor Phillips’ report should not be taken lightly or ignored. To put it bluntly, even though our country is a nation of kind, welcoming and tolerant people that continues to warmly receive many outsiders, we cannot overlook the feelings of the silent indigenous population. Yes, you read right. Today, many white people in this country feel marginalised, not listened to and left behind. Whether you agree with it or not that is not a good feeling and that kind of bubbling is always followed by an explosion. And, that’s what Trevor Phillips meant with we cannot afford to ‘Sleep walk into catastrophe’

When the Conservatives campaign asked – what’s Mr. Khan’s relationship with a certain individual and is that relationship still ongoing? They were not in the wrong and had every right to question their opponent about the company he keeps. Where I feel my party was wrong is perhaps in pursuing the question after it was answered the first time. They should have dropped it and moved on. However, once the Labour party, the liberal elite and the Islington set pronounced the Tory campaign as racist and Labourite after Labourite went on TV and radio to decree Zac and his campaign as bigoted, the fight for London was over and finished. The focus shifted from London and the issues Londoners cared about to race and religion. Throughout all of this, sadly, the real discrimination was aimed at the white candidate with the privileged background who had family money – he never stood a chance.

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Don’t assume because I respect your freedoms I am not offended

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Walaa Idris

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Throughout the world today, there are more moderate Muslims than not, and we have a duty to reflect that fact.

What many people are not alluding to, considering or even talking about is how the Prophet Mohamed cartoons were actually very offensive to some Muslims. And, just as the cartoonists have the liberty to offend; these Muslims are equally entitled to be offended by those cartoons.

However, offending and being offended does not give anyone, regardless of the extent of that offence, the right to kill and terrorise. Not even in the name of Allah, and that’s what Islam, the religion of peace and forgiveness daily teaches its followers.

I spent all of last week watching in horror as events unfolded in Paris with one question running through my head. “Why does the West want me (a moderate, peaceful and fully integrated Muslim) to say I am not offended by the Prophet Mohamed’s cartoons when I was deeply insulted by them?”

The only explanations I could come up with were either the West truly has no idea how most Muslims feel about religion, or they want justification at any cost and safety in numbers – the more Muslims say it’s OK then it must be OK.

And for the record, Islam equally respects all Abrahamic religions, and proper Muslims are by the same token offended by any disrespect shown to any of the Holy Prophets – Abraham, Jesus, Moses, Joseph, David….

However, regardless of the insult, it is never okay, nor is it acceptable to terrorise and murder people for having an opinion. Particularly as Islam teaches Muslims to be tolerant of others’ shortcomings, and encourages them to be forbearing with those who misunderstand them.

As a Muslim who voluntarily moved to Britain, I grew to love all things British. Upon my arrival on these shores, I made it my duty to learn, experience and to assimilate myself and my family. I wanted us to fit in, and succeed. My girls, who attended Church of England schools; annually participated in Christmas nativities, Easter events, and at times even sang in the school choir. None of that took away from our values, but gave us first-hand experience of the culture of the society we willingly adopted. That is why it is my profound belief that all non-Brits who freely come over have a duty to themselves and their chosen home to embrace and understand their new environment. Learn the language, absorb the culture and become an asset – not the other way round. By so doing, they will enrich themselves and their communities, and coexist in harmony.

It is also imperative to remember the same freedoms that allowed the cartoonists to offend Muslims allow Muslims to build mosques, worship freely and openly and dress differently. To suppress the freedoms of artists, writers or broadcasters will also quell the freedoms of those who want to practice a different religion or open faith schools. Liberty is a two-way street; that is why my question lingered for the best part of a week.

Out of respect to those who lost their lives in the Paris attacks and their families, I did not write this blog until now, after the Solidarity March and the victims’ burials.

In closing, as a person I detest terrorism particularly terrorism carried out in the name of my religion. This post is dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks with my deepest and sincerest condolences to their families and loved ones. I pray for their souls to rest in peace, for tolerance and understanding between our diverse communities, and for learning to accept each others’ differences.l

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Tameka Epsom, Melvin Odoom, the BBC and Strictly Come Dancing

Posted 11 Oct 2016 by Walaa Idris

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I love Strictly and think the BBC is a national treasure and one of our proudest exports. Thanks to Sky+ these days I hardly watch anything live but also never miss a thing because I record almost everything.

Watching, a recording of Strictly Come Dancing the Results last night I was saddened and shocked to see Tameka Epsom eliminated. Saddened because she was great fun and a delight to watch. Shocked because she improved 100 % in her elimination dance thus showing she is a diverse dancer with huge potential plus the ability to deliver witty and serious in equal measures.

To be honest when the judges eliminated her my first reaction was “darn the second black contestant in as many weeks, let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a race row.” So, it is safe to say I was not at all surprised this morning to read race did become the central issue of her elimination. When it could and possibly is a matter of taste, abilities plus a host of non-race related reasons.

Those focusing on race should maybe shift their attention to fairness and justice. The week before Tameka Epsom was eliminated Melvin Odoom lost his place on Strictly and became the first contestant to leave the show. The poor man left without even getting a chance to dance his elimination dance. Why? Because Anastasia, the other contest on the bottom two that week, before preparing for the dance off told the judges “I am not sure if I can dance with my injury.” Of course on hearing that no BBC lawyer worth his salt will allow her to dance again. Understandably in this situation her health and well-being must come first and she should get the all clear from doctors before doing more dancing. I would go even further and say why was she even allowed to dance with an injury on the first place?

Having said that, what I have a problem with here is fairness.

Both contestants where on the bottom of the leader-board after the public vote and judges’ marks were tallied. The only thing left for them to do then was the dance-off. Since Anastasia was unwell, she was unable to dance again. So, why didn’t the BBC, in the spirit of fairness and equal opportunity forgo the elimination for that week and maybe had a double elimination later in the season?

That would have been kinder and nicer. It would have been a welcome and just change. And dare I say it would have avoided this unnecessary race row.

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The day civility lost and terror won!

Posted 27 Aug 2016 by Walaa Idris

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The west is known for its tolerance and acceptance of others and their values and believes. It is for that reason those fleeing oppression and prosecution choose refuge in a western country over a safer neighbouring state. Most who make it this far tend to reciprocate by obeying their adopted home’s laws. They willingly respect the traditions and the general sentiments and values of their host nation. To many migrants, the freedom and the self-worth, they gain by moving west is their biggest and most valuable achievement, and they tend to guard it with everything they have. Because in most cases it is a dream they worked hard and long to reach.

But of course like with most things in life, there are a few exceptions and they should be regarded and treated as such.

I believe in the saying “When in Rome, do as Romans do!” Because harmony can only be archived when two sides meet in the middle. That is why I have a problem with some of the appeasements and allowances I see today. Tolerance and acceptance are one thing, but shifting the balance to one side at the expense of the other causes disharmony, which breads resentment and ultimately unrest.

Not only that, sometimes ‘progressive’ appeasement goes as far as endangering the majority to pacify the minority. That might sound a little OTT, but ask yourself why are bikers, for security and safety of others, banned from wearing their hamlets in many public buildings? Yet a burka wearing woman is allowed to drive a car, go shopping and enter any bank?

In our current security environment, Europe and the west should ban all types of face cover from being worn in public. Same as bikers are not being allowed to enter buildings or a public space with their face covered, the same should apply to women. Observing women can wear long garments, cover their whole body and hair but not their face – because face cover disguises the person’s identity.

We are at war today with an enemy that will stop at nothing to deeply hurt us. Therefore, protecting the majority at the inconvenience of the minority is a measure we should welcome and support. Unlike some people, I am not going to cite what they do to women in Saudi Arabia, Iran or Afghanistan nor I am going to say “they force our women to cover up so we should ask theirs to …….” Why? Because we are better than them. We are civilised, empathetic and accepting. Because they look up to us and copy us not the other way round.

That is why this week I was horrified and embarrassed by the actions of the French police in Nice. To see four clothed gun currying policemen standing over a woman, forcing her to undress in the middle of the beach…., was incredibly shocking.

I understand France and particularly Nice is hurting. I also understand that hurt is still raw. Yet, as a civilised, evolved and cultured society, the sight of four armed men with the weight of the law behind them, standing over a woman and ordering her to undress in public was crass, barbaric and lacked civility.

Seeing that image, I asked myself – why didn’t they just arrest her? Why didn’t they treat her like any other lawbreaking criminal by removing her, in handcuffs, from the beach!?

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Is Donald Trump America’s Arab Spring or Brexit?

Posted 6 Aug 2016 by Walaa Idris

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We all remember Brexit. It’s that referendum the government told us it will plunge the world into turmoil, starts wars, shuts industries and end humanity as we know it – if we dared to vote to leave the European Union. Because if we did then life as we know it will cease to exist. Remember? We are close to two months since we voted to leave, the skies are still blue and the sun still rises on the east.

On the other hand, the Arab Spring was a different affair. Wasn’t it? The same establishment and mainstream politicians were elated and impressed by the people of Arabia for finally having enough courage and gumption to stand up to tyrants that maligned and oppressed them. It began in November 2010 in Tunisia and quickly swept the Arab League from Tunisia to Bahrain. The wave of demonstrations and protests sped across the region carpeting it with civil unrest. In Tunisia, Egypt and Libya it resulted in regime change but to date only Tunisia moved to constitutional democratic governance. Libya and Syria are facing their nations’ worst civil war and turbulence in history and Egypt is right behind them.

When Donald J Trump decided to run for president of the United States, many laughed at the idea and didn’t pay it much attention. Yet, for over a year he pushed on and systematically defeated every opponent to secure the Republican nomination. From the start he was not a conventional candidate and some would say his style is somewhat outrageous. But, he kept on gaining support.

Trump is a phenomenon fuelled by the media and the Republican Party’s fear of him winning the nomination. This ‘self-fulling prophecy’ might look like it came out of nowhere, but like Brexit and the Arab Spring before it, the Trump phenomena is the result of bubbling disquiet in the grassroots and too much media sensationalism. The more the media and mainstream politicians berate him the stronger his appeal to activists became.

People of Europe and the US are not that different from Arabs or even Africans. Feelings and sentiments wise they are the same, the difference is in the manner they express these emotions.

From the start of the campaign, every week in almost every state, ordinary folks backed Trump in droves. The more the media berated him the stronger Jo Public backed him. Yet, the elite with their sophisticated polls, accomplished analysts and broadminded commentators did not see the link between his growing support and their criticism of him!

There is no doubt in my mind Trump is a clever businessman and a smooth media operator, plus his unorthodox ‘speak your mind no matter how it sounds like’ makes him unique and to some even a brave man of conviction. And here is where many went wrong with the Donald. Brave conviction politicians who speak from the heart without a polished, focus group tested, teleprompter delivered speech are extinct. When Trump gives a speech you can see his brain working, feel his heart racing and sense the passion in every word, and that is rare.

The political world might not think Trump is presidential material, but regular folks find him down to earth, relatable and funny. They are tired of unapproachable leaders who follow scripts and sound the same.

As the ordinary people’s choice, Donald J Trump might not win the 2016 US elections, but he will forever change the way America and the rest of the developed world do politics.

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Open Letter To Conservative MPs

Posted 30 Jun 2016 by Walaa Idris

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Dear Conservative MPs,

A week ago our country voted to leave the European Union. This momentous event was bitter sweet; just as the majority of Britain was celebrating democracy our leader and the Prime Minister of our nation resigned and triggered a leadership election. Unlike his own leadership election in 2005, this time for obvious reasons the election is run on a very tight schedule. The country and its economy need stability and surety hence the short campaign. However, we can efficiently achieve both in the timetable set while fully involving the membership.

As it stands, members have no input until the final two are selected by you, our elected representatives. In 2005 that was fine. However, today in 2016 this is a potential challenge. Grassroots who pound the streets, stuff envelopes, hold gardens fetes to raise fighting funds and travel the width and length of the country to get you elected will not stand for it.

We don’t need to look too far to see the fallout of internal political disharmony. A quick glance across the chambers’ floor and you will see the Labour party is in disarray due to disconnect between its Parliamentary Party and membership. The PLP don’t want their current leader because he doesn’t share their vision even though he was elected with an overwhelming mandate. In life we learn from mistakes, those made by ourselves but also the ones made by others. That is the purpose of this letter.

The next leader needs to unify both the party and our great union. I am positive I speak for many in the Conservative family when I say grassroots members must have a say in selecting the two finalists. That will be the first step towards unifying Brexiter and Remainers in our party.

My suggestion therefore is for MPs to hold a sounding meeting in their constituencies before the first elimination. By each MP polling their association on whom they want as the future leader, and reflecting that view in the final selection, the final two presented to the grassroots for election will be a truer reflection of our party’s membership and not a coronation by MPs.

This move will unify the two sides plus strengthen the position of the newly elected leader by giving them the mandate of an appropriate and comprehensive election. Recently, there has been a growing feeling of disconnect between the membership and leadership, there is a sense amongst the grassroots that power is mostly led from the centre rather than the broad.

By fully involving members in the selection process, the Conservative Party will heed any feelings of disconnect while also bringing closer and empower both sides.

Many thanks for your time

Sincerely yours
Walaa Idris

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Brexit is the beginning not the end

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by Walaa Idris

As someone who campaigned passionately to leave the EU I am beyond delighted with the result. However I have to admit there have been moments, even as late as yesterday, when I doubted our side can win. At times, during the campaign, the tone from the other side was dark and even disturbing; that made me think people will vote Remain out of fear and a desire to not rock the boat, not out of conviction. After pulling an all-nighter at the Kensington and Chelsea count, were my side lost, I then stayed awake until it was clear Leave has won before sleeping for a couple of hours.

Sadly, woke up to find David Cameron has resigned. His swift resignation epitomises all that is Cameron, honourable, honest and fair. It is painful to see such a brave leader step down for keeping and delivering a manifesto promise. As the only British Prime Minister to promise and offer the British people a referendum on our membership with the EU. He will also be remembered for stepping aside to allow for a fresh leadership to negotiate the country’s new relationship with the European Union.

A new dawn has broken today. As a naturalised Brit I feel enormous privilege to have taken part in this momentous referendum by campaigning and voting to leave the EU. This is an exciting time full with pride, anticipation but also some nervousness. Particularly for someone like me who grow up in an autocratic country were voting and having a say on such matters never happen. Therefore, unlike others of my vintage, I have nothing to compare this day to. I lived in the UK since 1991 and before that I was a citizen of the Sudan studying in the US. Besides my late father’s government (in the Sudan) being overthrown by a military coup, yesterday marked the most significant domestic political event of my life.

As someone who cut their political teeth in the US, my politics tend to be a tad tribal and my African Arabian blood adds passion and some heat to that tribalism. Despite that I sat on the fence for some time regarding the EU question. I did it mostly out of respect to David Cameron and his efforts; I didn’t want to pick a side until he completed his renegotiations. Once he was finished it became very clear the only way forward is to vote leave because the undemocratic EU had no intention of democratising, listening to reason or respecting the British public’s wish.

All night, despite knowing that we did everything to convince the electorate, there have been moments when I doubted we will win. As the results kept coming, in the early hours of the morning, it became clear Remain were losing.

Leave winning is just the beginning; it’s the start of a new relationship with the EU and the rest of the world. Despite the UK voting to leave very little will change overnight. Having said that, there will be some bumps in the road, change is not easy and not everyone likes or knows how to manage and adapt to it, but it will be temporary and will not have a lasting effect.

Like most who voted Leave I did because I love Britain, respect her democracy and trust her people. As I mentioned before, change is not easy and can at times be challenging, but our conviction and resolve can overcome both. Now, what we need is to stay united as a nation, as parties and work as one for the UK’s best interest. As the fifth largest economy, the fourth strongest security and the home of the biggest financial industry add to that our track record in overcoming adversity we have the foundation to become even bigger and stronger than we are today.

So celebrate this momentous day and look to the future, Britain is great and is about to become even greater.

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