The outcome of the referendum, even in Eastbourne, has been a surprise to the many members of other European countries who live and work among us. They have become more alarmed watching the rising dissension inside the major political parties. While schoolchildren face up to racist remarks in Eastbourne playgrounds, their parents fear that sometime soon they will be told to go back home.
Their view of our country was that it was more stable, welcoming and prosperous than their native land, a place to earn a good living from hard work, a place where they could bring up a family. There are young children in Eastbourne schools with unpronounceable surnames with a claim they are British. They have no knowledge of their parents’ homeland for England has been their home.
As neighbours and workmates we must try to calm these fears and aim to build a harmonious community. It may not be easy while the power brokers of our country struggle to get us out of this mess. Nevertheless in Eastbourne we could maintain peace with our allies in Europe at grassroots level. And that would be worthwhile.
Upper Kings Drive
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