July 2016 \ Cover Story \ COVER STORY: BRITAIN’S EXIT FROM E.U.

By Kul Bhushan and Shamlal Puri

Mr Karam Bharij Mr Dushyant Tanna Mr Kenny Bhogal Mr Chaman Lal Chaman

Arranged marriage is a fact of life for the Indian diaspora everywhere. When it breaks up, as in Brexit as Britain decides to leave the European Union (EU), the Indians know the pain and the after thoughts. After the Brexit or breakup decision, the spouse thinks, “Was it that bad? Can we give it another try?’

A superstore sales woman in London, Maya Sarna, said this referendum split many NRI families with one half wanted to vote in and other half staying out. “I voted out and now after seeing the massive problems the out vote has sparked off including the possibility of taxes going up. I feel it was a wrong decision. I was misled by the media and my colleagues who kept pushing the immigration line. I would be very happy if the referendum is either reversed or held again. I am sure that like me, many of us who voted out will reconsider their decision.”  She expected the EU to tighten on travel restrictions for Britons when previously, one just had to flash one’s passport and walk through the open borders.

A majority of Asians are disappointed with the outcome of the Brexit Referendum on 23 June while a minority celebrated Britain’s exit. This is not what a majority of NRIs and even Prime Minister Cameron had bargained for. Many Britons, including Asians, are pointing out that Cameron’s gamble to please a section of the community had badly backfired as he was confident that the country would remain in the EU and that voters will prove detractors wrong as happened in the referendum for the independence of Scotland.