Poles living in the United Kingdom
Interesting remarks by Polish immigrants on brexit and its catastrophic results in an extensive overview:For the third anniversary of the UK leaving the EU, Bloomberg Economics has prepared an extensive analysis of the situation. The authors' calculations show that each year the UK loses £100 billion on its decision , or exactly EUR 116 billion (at the exchange rate of August 6, 2023).
Adhering to this metaphor, although it's been 3.5 years since the divorce, the United Kingdom , which is seeking an end to its marriage , is unable to list the tangible benefits of ending its relationship with the European Union . - Even those who are still convinced of it cannot defend it with strong arguments - says Kaja Kunz, a 36-year-old Polish woman living in Edinburgh and previously in London , in an interview with Interia . - Whoever I talk about it, we only exchange knowing glances that say: what the hell was it for?! Today, hardly anyone admits that they voted for Brexit. One can even get the impression that it is not known how the UK left the EU - he says.
This is confirmed by another of our interlocutors. Ewelina Gargała is 29 years old, has been living in London for five years and works in strategic consulting. When we ask her how the British view Brexit after 3.5 years , she answers: - The vast majority of people who participated in the referendum and voted for leaving the EU had no knowledge or awareness of the consequences it would have in the future. This was confirmed by several of my friends whose family members voted for Brexit .
Hard data leaves no illusions, but these are not just numbers detached from everyday reality. Their impact on the lives of residents of the United Kingdom is confirmed by Interia's interlocutors who have been living in the UK for years.In the foreground, as in Poland, high prices stand out, which in the UK is referred to as the "cost of living crisis" . - This is currently the main political and economic topic, the so-called hot topic, but also discussed in market analyzes or, especially, in everyday conversations of people - says Ewelina Gargała, a Pole living in London, to Interia.- Brexit has hit the British wallets very hard. Real estate prices, rental costs, service prices, many everyday products have increased. We spend the same as before, and you can buy much less than before Brexit - admits Kaja Kunz, a Pole living and working in Edinburgh. As he adds, Brexit has had the greatest impact on the cost of living, and, compounded by inflation, weak wage growth, the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine , it has made "prices in the UK a massacre" .
Kaja gives an example from her life. She and her wife are just moving. The house near Edinburgh, which they had rented for two years, cost them £800 a month. Now the owners have put it for rent for £1,150, an increase of almost 50 per cent. Another of our interlocutors, Ewelina, also points to the problem with the availability of flats . As he says, a large increase in interest rates and the amount of loan installments, combined with a shortage of apartments on the market, have made finding "own F" at an acceptable price almost a miracle.