Britain blinded by Brexit campaign propaganda - South Africans in UK

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Johannesburg – Some South Africans living in the United Kingdom have expressed disbelief after Britain's decision to leave the European Union. 

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News24 spoke to at least four South Africans living in the UK on Friday afternoon.  

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to resign earlier on Friday.

"I'm very sad that David Cameron has resigned, but his reason is fair that as he was a 'remain' candidate, he cannot lead a country that wants to leave the European Union. Many people are worried the sterling has already fallen. A recession will come out of this," Sarah-Jane van der Velden, who is originally from East London, told News24. 

"The people of Britain are blinded by the propaganda of the Brexit campaign about immigrants and forgot to [think about] what effect leaving the EU will have on the economy," she said.

Freedom of movement

Neil Johnson, who now lives in London, said he was in total disbelief and shock after the announcement was made. 

"There will be economic turmoil and uncertainty for years to come and we lose our freedom of movement across Europe, which is crazy," he said.

Johnson also said it made sense for Cameron to resign.

Nicholas Campbell, who is originally from KwaZulu-Natal, and is now living in London, said South African passport holders living in the UK wouldn't feel the impact as heavily as "our freedom of movement has always been heavily restricted".

"I don't think young British people fully realise what they have lost though... The British people chose to revoke that privilege in the name of vague notions like 'curbing immigration' and 'taking back the power'. All they've really done is weaken their global influence.

"I think it's a regressive step. The consequences of which will be felt for at least the remainder of our generation's lifetime."

However, Jennifer Bester of Johannesburg, who is now living in London, said the arguments in favour of leaving and staying in the Eurozone had been confusing.

Cameron to resign by October

"I am new to the United Kingdom and both arguments were difficult to follow, so I consulted with my sister who has been here longer. In the end we both opted to vote to leave," she said.

The announcement resulted in the pound's sharp fall.

Cameron said he would resign by October and insisted that the British people must be respected after voters chose to leave the 28-nation European Union.

He said there could be no doubt about the result of Thursday's historic vote, but that he was not the "captain" that would steer the ship through difficult negotiations with the EU.

Cameron said: "I am honoured to have been prime minister of this country for six years."


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