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What will #Brexit mean for mums…?

This morning we all woke up to big news…

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s tweet earlier I think mirrors the emotion of a lot of our readers…

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Arguably indeed, one of the tragedies is that our children have lost the right to live and work in 27 countries.

Here are some thoughts shared with us by mothers on how they are feeling about it all:

IMAG1465_1Our columnist Caitlin Hayward writes: “Just explained to three year old Bud that a bad thing happened yesterday; our country decided to leave its group of friends that takes care of each other. Our country has decided to be by itself. Is that a good thing? Bud said ‘no, we’ll have no friends then’…”

Galia Orme - founder of CHOC Chick 2Galia Orme, founder, CHOC Chick: “The UK’s decision to leave the European Union is a blow for business – and for small businesses in particular. It’s a blow for the freedom of movement of goods and people. In the short term, we’ve lost the value of our currency, costs have increased dramatically and trade opportunities have been reduced. In the long term, the time it’ll take to renegotiate trade deals and re-establish relationships internationally will see this instability continue. This will affect our ability to import our materials and export our products. This decision risks further erosion of human rights and the dignity of our fellow men and women as we close our borders and become entrenched in our own political issues. Optimism is the only way forward, so I’m determined to continue to strive for fairness in trade and in all dealings with others in this world.”

Mumpreneur and jewellery designer Theodora Gould: “We are a democracy, the majority have voted to leave, that’s just the way it is.  Calling people names and claiming they are idiots for voting to leave does nothing but spread hatred.  Things are going to change, no one knows if it’s for the best or not, but one thing I’m sure of is that we are better off if we’re nice to each other.”

Victoria Brook Headshot B b&wVictoria Brook, Founder of E-Bop.tv – the first online preschool channel with a daily viewing limit and 100% British content:
“A real concern for our little people. Is this now going to change our culture, our values and opportunities for growth and security. Younger people have given a strong voice to stay in Europe yet we find ourselves out, markets plummeting and without a prime minister. Our preschoolers have an uncertain future ahead of them. I guess we have to do the “British” broad shoulders approach and make the very best of what we now have and prepare ourselves what lies ahead. If ever there was a time to consider politics I think it would be now!”
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Sara Keel, Founder of Babycup – little cups for little people to encourage healthy open cup sipping. From a social perspective, I am disappointed with the result because I feel we should work with the bigger union and make it better than have a tantrum and storm out of the party. For my children and their children, we want to build bridges, not walls. On a business level, it’s a huge blow and as a small but growing brand, international trade is extremely important to us and the trade agreements that support EU export is vital. It is so uncertain right now as to how that will unfold and even if we have our own direct trade agreements in the futurist there could be a very unstable time between those becoming finalised. Every day of instability for a small business can have devastating effects. As business, Babycup is very strong and we will deal with the situation,  but we would rather be dealing with bridges, not walls..”
image: Belfast Telegraph

Sinead Murphy, Co-Founder of Shnuggle Clever Baby Products. 

“As a Mum and Business woman working closely with businesses across Europe I am shocked by the result. I don’t know what Brexit looks like and that is scary. It feels as though a vote has been won for something we do not understand. I am frightened for my children’s future. I tried to explain what happened to them on the way to school but they’re a little young to understand. I’m sure they’ll learn about it in their history books. All we can do is wait and watch and make the best of whatever happens. Cost of living, house prices, job creation….It’s out of our hands now.”
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