#Brexit – Bye Bye UK…but what about us?

It’s been topical and it was badly a landslide. In fact I would say it’s a country divided. Firstly lets have a look at the results and then lets give some thought on what it means for the world, business and you.

Should Britain remain part of the European Union?

Remain a member of the European Union  48.1%    (16,141,241 Votes)
Leave the European Union 51.9% (17,410,742 Votes)
That’s small Margin for sure.
This is what Richard Branson said just a few days ago: “Leaving the European Union is not a risk I would want the UK to take. Not as an investor, not as an entrepreneur and certainly not as a father and grandfather concerned about the world we leave to the next generation. In the video above, I outline why I believe the UK should Remain in the EU. For trade, job creation and the economy. For peace, prosperity and security.” 
This is what 200 of the UK’s top entrepreneurs said as well: (People like Lastminute.com, Jawbone and more)

“The economic shock of a vote to leave the EU could lead to lost investment,
missed opportunities and lost jobs. The UK is currently the best place in Europe to launch and grow a business; leaving the European Union will undoubtedly undermine the ability of
Britain’s entrepreneurs to start-up, innovate, and grow.

“It is simply not worth the risk.”

One casualty is Prime Minister David Cameron…gone… resigned. Ireland and Scotland are considering their future as well.

Already in South Africa where I am today the Rand has weekend as I am sure many currencies have. But is there any positive fallout?

The Brits have always rallied in desperate times. Look at WW2 and the Battle of Britain. This is a country that comes back harder and faster. Rue Brittania and all that sort of thing. My English friends and clients are quite shocked but they are all saying the same thing. It’s irrelevant – What we will do is position ourselves differently. Some will leave. Some will focus more globally and others will simply dig in. Like any economic storm it will pass.

Be this a learning that wherever you are, your business can be affected by situations out of your control. Lets face it even Sir Richard couldn’t stop this. My council to you, my reader is to ‘Think Local – but Act Global’ You can have a business that crosses borders and in every crisis there are people that rise above it with fabulous mindset, ideas and shortcuts and hacks of any conundrum. Alternative currency Bitcoin has had a record day on the back of the news rising in value by 4.6%

I will be in London in a couple of weeks doing events and meeting with clients. By that stage the dust will have settled somewhat. It will be fascinating to see the effect on the person in the street. In any city you talk to the taxi drivers. They are the mind of the people, so regardless of the results Im not judging the entrepreneur reaction … yet.

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Author: Mike Handcock

Mike Handcock is the Chairman and Founder of Rock Your Life, a global transformational company focussing on helping everyone play a bigger game and have a more extraordinary life. We work with some incredible people globally and create the most extraordinary adventures, workshops, books and programs.

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