Thoughts on Brexit

Here’s an email I sent on Saturday about Brexit to people on the Screw Work list (see box at the bottom to join us).


I couldn’t let the weekend go by without sharing some thoughts on the UK voting to leave the EU.

I tend to lean towards collaboration and working together and so was in favour of staying. (I also took note of the vast majority of economists saying that leaving would hurt the UK). Like many, I was shocked by the result.

However, while some remain voters are criticising those who wanted to leave (and casting them all as racists who just want to kick immigrants out) I do kind of understand why so many voted that way.

The fact is that many people in the UK outside of London have seen their quality of life drop over recent years. The rich have got richer and the poor (and many middle class in fact) have got poorer. When that goes too far it’s not good for anyone in the long term. So this result is partly a protest vote.

I hope that whoever takes over now heeds that and does something about it.

I believe the best thing to do now is accept the result (even if you disagree) and think about how to make the best of it.

My dream is to see a new leader take the UK into the future by supporting our great talents for creativity, innovation and invention. Someone that supports self-employment, entrepreneurship, technology and startups – and yet does not throw away all protection for ordinary working people in the process.

Who knows, this shocking result might even turn out to be wise in decades to come. There are rocky times ahead around the world – financial upheaval, the likely collapse of the Euro, political extremism, and mass unemployment caused by technology – perhaps we can be more nimble to respond without the restrictions of an extra layer of government.

Even if you voted to stay (as I did) I believe the best thing we can do is to listen to the vast majority of England and Wales who voted to leave and try to understand and respond to their concerns even if you think they were misinformed.

One thing is clear to me. There has never been a better time to take control of your own working life and your income. When everything is in flux and jobs are at risk, if you can at least start to explore options to make a living without a job, you will be in a far better position.

And whenever there is great upheaval there is also great opportunity for those who are ready to respond. Just watch.

What do you think? I’m interested in your opinion wherever you might be in the world…
All the best,


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