Having just returned from a family holiday to England, Portugal and Spain, I can only surmise that the people with whom I connected are without doubt in Stage 2 of the list above....'DENIAL!'
Reading Newspapers, watching the News on TV, even engaging in any form of conversation relating to Brexit, is taboo!
These are all intelligent, worldly people, who outside of Brexit discussions are up to date with World events; compassionate beings with very natural concerns and passions relating to our global community, the environment and to overall inclusivity.
However Brexit, they are well and truly over!
The model above lists the 7 stages in dealing with grief, in chronological order. However Brexit has blown this model wide open, with the people I met having experienced all but one of the stages, albeit in different orders.
The only stage left to embrace is 'ACCEPTANCE'.
No doubt some semblance of a decision will be reached before year's end...but don't tell the Brits that! To raise their expectations, only to have them dashed once again, would be an act of cruelty!
In short, the Brits are really doing it tough, especially in terms of their mental health well being, as a result of the ambiguity driven anxiety associated with Brexit, combined with an epidemic of neutered leadership.
Should you have relatives or friends in the UK, next time you text, email, or speak with them, please don't bring up Brexit, (as they are truly sick to death with it), instead share uplifting stories from your life, as they are really passionate about hearing optimism, especially realistic optimism!
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