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1. The Scot

Ian Blackford is the faction leader of the Scottish National Party in the British Parliament. He is one of those who do not want to leave the EU without resistance.

The Scots voted in the Brexit referendum 2016 with 62 percent for remaining in the EU. Therefore, the Scottish Parliament has authorized the regional government in Edinburgh to convene an independence referendum should London's United Kingdom and Gibraltar European Union membership referendum take place. "We are not ready to lose our rights as EU citizens," says Blackford. He would rather leave the United Kingdom than the European Union.

Soon independent? Ian Blackford hopes.
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In September 2014, the Scots once voted on their independence, then decided about 55 percent against the separation from London. If the Brexit becomes reality, the majorities could shift, the Scottish nationalists believe. Because only as an independent country would Scotland have the chance to stay in the EU. However, the London House of Commons would have to agree to a renewed independence referendum.

Asked why the Scots are so much more EU-friendly than the English, Blackford laughs. "When Scotland was still an independent country, so close to many European countries, until 1707, even as Scotland fought for its independence, in the 13th century, William Wallace (a rebel leader,
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to Germany, with a request for solidarity. "The Scots are simply much more at peace with Europe than other parts Great Britain, says Blackford.

Does that mean that Britain could cease to exist in two to three years? "That could be so, absolutely, yes."

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2. The city dweller

Won? Lucy Harris continues to discuss.
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Fat, stupid, racist – that's what colleagues at the People's Publishing House would have told us,
      says Lucy Harris. They just did not realize that Harris was one of 17.4 million Britons
      heard that voted for Brexit in 2016. "You thought, because I have a good education and
      I can not be an outgoing supporter of foreign languages. "Lucy Harris hails
      a village in Suffolk, studied singing and lived in Italy for several years before moving to
      London moved. She voted in favor of Brexit because legislation in Brussels does not suit her enough
      Democratic, she says.

The "snobbish notion" of their colleagues in London that no one "like us" for the
      Brexit could have animated her to bring together a group of like-minded people. you
      founded the group Leavers of Britain, which meets via the Internet and in pubs in the
      all over the country. At the meetings it was about being able to talk about Brexit,
      "without being immediately attacked and rejected". According to Harris, gather at the
      Meet "Brexiteers and Lexiteers, so people from the left spectrum, ethnic members
      Minorities, business people. Sometimes it's almost surreal: There's a city banker sitting there
      next to a communist, and they exchange. "

Statistically, the Leavers may be a majority, but psychologically, Harris says
      she felt like a minority in her environment. In many, especially liberal newspapers
      the attitude of the Brexiteers had been portrayed as "illegitimate" and "immoral". had
      Media and society have given more room in the past, Harris says, would have made the country better
      argue for or against Brexit. "And maybe it would not be that far
      come. "

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3. The prepper

Empty shelves? Melvin Burton has already shopped.
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His current inventory has Melvin Burton stored in the computer. He reads: 225
      Kilos of cereals including pasta and rice, 78 kilos of preserved fruit and vegetables such as corn,
      Tomatoes, apricots and grapefruit, 51 kilos of legumes such as beans, lentils and pearl barley, 45
      Kilos of milk and milk powder, 40 kilos of meat, corned beef, meatballs and tuna. "And
      three kilos of honey. "

For a year and a half, says the software tester from nearby Cambridge, he admitted
      Supermarket visit ten pounds more each week to prepare for the fall of Brexit
      his. Because an EU exit from the UK, whether regulated or unregulated, would in any case
      lead to empty supermarket shelves. "I used to go to Tesco (a supermarket chain,
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Burton says, "He's convinced a Brexit would."
      Significantly disrupting supply chains where markets hang.

Britain receives almost a third of its food from abroad. Especially in the
      In the spring, the heads of Britain's largest food markets warned that 90 percent of the population would be
      Salads, 80 percent of all tomatoes and 70 percent of all soft fruits from the EU. "As soon as it
      The first indication of bottlenecks could cause panic, "Burton fears
      fresh fruits, people will buy canned fruits as much as they can. "The stocks
      could be exhausted within a short time.

Therefore, the 46-year-old finds it highly rational, in his garden hut a growing
      Create can and glasses bearings. What he could recommend, for example, says Burton, is
      Remove the water from the fruits and weld them airtight. The vitamins remained
      receive.

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4. The farmer

Less subsidies? Paul Boulden would do the same.
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How to prepare as a farmer for Brexit? "Do not spend any money!" It says
      Paul Boulden. The 40-year-old manages a 1300-hectare farm in Kent,
      South East England. 1200 sheep are grazing in the country and the family business is also involved
      Cattle and cereals. Boulder exports part of it to the continent. But he has none
      I wonder how long that will be possible to what extent. Are customs duties due? Is there
      new import regulations? "We just do not know what's going to happen." That's why he plans
      No investment at present, says Boulder.

An episode of Brexit, English shepherds fear, could be premature, many animals
      to have to butcher. Almost half of the 20 million sheep that arrive each year in
      Britain is born, is sold to the EU, said the British
      Agriculture Association. After Brexit, new hygiene rules and a tariff of up to
      45 percent ensure that half of the animals can not be exported. Out
      For economic reasons, the owners could then be forced to feed millions of sheep
      kill.

Despite the losses that threaten him, Boulden voted in favor of Brexit in June 2016. "I
      knows, it may sound bizarre. But I think that the common agricultural policy of the EU is the
      many different forms of agriculture that exist in Europe. "
      His business can get along without subsidies from Brussels, believes Boulden. He has everything
      not afraid of a change to a freer market, he says, on the contrary. "My father
      is 63, he has voted to stay in the EU. I'm 40. I still have time, me
      convert.

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5. The entrepreneur

New customers? Emma Pullen is waiting.
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"You know, we live in a big, wide world," says Emma Pullen. "And if that
      People want to buy each other things, politicians can make it difficult or less difficult
      Unfortunately, the EU, according to the entrepreneur, has not had it easy in the past
      made. Therefore, she sees a Brexit not only calm, but with anticipation.
      The family business based north of Dover has been exporting to China for a while
      and America, says Pullen. There, the customers would have a soft spot for the British Hovercrafts,
      the hovercraft from their fabrication. Your 15 employees make about a hundred per year
      this glider.

There are, unfortunately, legal obstacles to sales in the EU, says Pullen. The EU has one
      technical directive on recreational craft and personal watercraft. This also includes
      Watercraft, but no airboat boats. As a result, pullen says that you are in the EU
      Although British Hovercrafts could buy, but they would get no technical seal of approval and
      could not be insured.

The Brexit itself worries her less than the long uncertainty about when
      Britain will leave the EU. "That terrible limbo we're in,
      Ensures that the customers hold back. Many are just waiting for the pound
      the day after Brexit falls by 10 or 20 percent. At that moment they would be the hovercraft
      order. "Emma Pullen and her people are trying to adjust to it
      Produce stock. "Sometimes I think I should go after my ten-year-old daughter
      Westminster to solve the problem, "the 39-year-old comments on the quarrels in the
      Houses of Parliament.

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