Yvonne

Yvonne came to the UK from Germany in 2010 to study Economics at a London university as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. After completing her studies in the UK she went back to Germany to finish her degree and then returned to the UK to take up an internship working for a start-up company as a sporting and social events organiser for international students.

She then took up a position with the British Medical Association as an events organiser for a period of four years. After meeting her current partner they both moved to a different part of the country, where he had been offered a place to study Medicine.

Since 2015 Yvonne has been working for a builders' merchant and home improvement retailer in the international sales department. Unsure about what the situation in this country will be in the coming years, Yvonne is hoping to train as a teacher and move to Spain with her partner in the future.

When I read the news I laughed, it was so unexpected, I just couldn’t believe it. Some of the people at my work were really happy, they didn’t seem to sympathise with me at all.

No one came to me the whole day to say I am so sorry for you, not even my manager. My colleague and I are both European and we bring a lot of money into the company, yet no one came to us to reassure us that we were still welcome.

It was really upsetting that no one asked how I was feeling. One of my colleagues told me that it was their choice who they wanted to include as a country, that it was up to them and that I had to accept that. I was shocked and upset.

I think the EU is there for a good reason, specially in times like now when we have problems with terrorism on one side and then Trump and Russia. The EU is really important and if you look around in England there are a lot of EU projects going on, so I don’t know where the rejection comes from.

When I arrived in London I was really surprised to see so many foreign people on the bus, but then I thought “Well, actually, this is England”, it’s so international and it was so nice to be in such an open and inclusive country. You don’t have that kind of integration in many other EU countries.

I think the whole immigration issue is just a tool of distraction to deflect from the country’s own issues regarding cuts and privatisation. It’s so transparent, I am surprised some people can’t see it.