As a remainer, I am not bitter towards Brexit | Blaise Tapp

We have reached the day that many thought we would never see, the one which sees the UK officially out of the European Union.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 4:06 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 10:55 am
The Brexit coin, a 50p bearing the inscription 'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations' and the date the UK leaves the EU.

The significance of January 31 cannot be underplayed and is a genuine landmark in the history of this great nation of ours, irrespective of which side of the Brexit fence you sit on.

We won’t just be saying goodbye to 47 years of membership of a club which grew to 28 members, but the message we are sending to the rest of the world is arguably as big as anything we have done since the days of the British Empire.

Expect years more bickering between Leavers and Remainers and ‘I told you sos’ from both camps.

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Having always been a gobby remainer, the 31st was never going to be a day that I was going to relish, but now it is here, I approached it like I would any other Friday – with a huge sense of relief that another week has come to an end.

There is nothing much that I nor anybody else who wanted to stay part of the EU can do about it now, except, perhaps, retain our sense of perspective that Britain still is a fantastic place to live and bring up a family and I suspect it will be for many years to come.

It is this fact that makes me determined not to be consumed by bitter resentment and pettiness.

There are plenty of people who are currently losing their minds about the 10 million commemorative Brexit Day 50ps that the Royal Mint has been commissioned to produce but the fuss has washed over me.

And if somebody wants to have a knees-up to celebrate the dawning of the post-EU era in the UK, then where is the harm in it, especially if I am not forced to wear a plastic Union Flag hat and dance to Knees Up Mother Brown?

Of course, Brexit isn’t ‘done’ yet and it remains to be seen whether we get the trade deals we have been promised and there is bound to be plenty of drama before a line has been drawn under it.

It has taken me 43 years but I have finally realised that there’s no point shouting about things you can’t control.