I spotted the #BloggersWhoVote hashtag on Instagram a few weeks back and I realised that this was something I actually give a shit about. There’s a lot of content online that I really don’t have any interest in – I love the beautiful images but I’m not finding the content as engaging as I used to.
Why do I give a shit?
When I found that that we voted for Brexit I was pretty devastated. This General Election will likely have a huge impact on the future of the UK. This will effectively influence all the Brexit-related decisions which are going to be made as we attempt to create a European deal. I give a shit because firstly I want us to make the best of a bad situation and I don’t know if this is the government to do that. Many of my friends and colleagues aren’t British and I whilst I can’t undo Brexit I need to make sure my vote counts towards a better future.
Why should you care?
Because this will impact our lives for as long as we live in the UK. It will impact our families, relatives, colleagues, children and will shape our workplaces and the people we meet in the coming years. It could impact our economy, our industries, our food shopping, the price of coffee, our healthcare benefits abroad.
Why are we having an election?
We aren’t due to have our next General Election until 2020 so why are we voting? I had no idea why a General Election had been called or why it’s important. Essentially in a nutshell – our PM is concerned that opposition parties will destabilise Brexit proceedings so wants to cement power for the Conservative party.
Who can vote?
Essentially if you’re aged 18, a British citizen and registered to vote, you can vote. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland resident in the UK and citizens of qualifying Commonwealth states resident in the UK can also vote.
If you want to know more about why we are voting and what we are voting for the BBC has done a great round-up here.