From Now On I’m A European

If you meet someone from Northern Ireland and ask where they come from be prepared for a range of answers depending on their political, cultural and religious background. They could be Irish, British, Northern Irish, from Ulster or even the Occupied Six Counties. It’s a bit of a minefield and kind of epitomises why there is so much division and disagreement on this little green patch of the earth we all call home. I’m confused and I’ve lived here all my life!

I’ve always plumped for Northern Irish unless I’m abroad when I say I’m Irish to avoid lengthy explanations as to the difference between one and the other. I’ve also always carried a British passport for no other reason than if I got into difficulties abroad, I reckoned it would be preferable. All this has changed, though, with the recent furore over the United Kingdom (including little old Northern Ireland) leaving the European Union. The dreaded Brexit.

I’d never really considered it before but I quite like the idea of being European. The concept of free travel between member states and ‘all being in this together.’ I voted for the U.K. to remain within the European Union and was quite surprised to realise the national vote went the other way, even though the Northern Irish population voted to remain. Now all this talk of hard borders, food shortages and jingoistic flag-waving have confirmed my initial thinking that remaining was the better option.

I’m no great political mind and ask me about the detail behind Brexit I’ll stare at you blankly and suggest you ask me a question on sport. But I’ve decided that next time my current British passport is up for renewal I’ll be applying for an Irish one. My dual nationality allows me to do this. It’s no great statement on my part, just reassurance that I’ll hold an official document confirming I’m a citizen of a European Union member.

From now on I’m a European.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

29 thoughts on “From Now On I’m A European

  1. I’ve tried reading about Brexit but I still don’t get it. I understand about living in a tumultuous country (hello Capitol Riots). I don’t care what nationality you determine yourself to be as long as you just keep writing 🙂


  2. If someone asked my nationality – I used to say “oh I am an earthling” because I feel uncomfortable with being boxed into belonging to one nation and perhaps being tainted by association with what that represents to people. Now I feel more “I’m a member of a universal family”.
    I have to admit – I am so sad that borders and passports exist in some ways.

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  3. IIRC, many of the people who voted to leave the EU, did so thinking it would never happen. It begs the question as to why on Earth the utilized their voting privileges that way, doesn’t it?


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