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The First Fortnight of Brexistential Crisis

Debiprasad Mukherjee | London. UK, United Kingdom

“Old is dying and the new cannot be born” - probably this is the most appropriate phrase to describe the situation of UK after first 15 days of declaration of BREXIT result. Confusions, predictions and expectations are everywhere in everybody’s mind.

“Old is dying and the new cannot be born” - probably this is the most appropriate phrase to describe the situation of UK after first 15 days of declaration of BREXIT result. Confusions, predictions and expectations are everywhere in everybody’s mind. Some of them still believe that Britain was being held back by the EU, due to imposed financial & industrial rules and membership fees of billions of pounds a year with little in return. But probably the most critical deciding factor for them is the high level of immigration. At the same time, others strongly think that flow of immigrants, most of whom are young and keen to work, fuels economic growth and Britain gets a big boost from membership by selling things to other EU countries.

Result is out now and Leave won by 52% to 48%. Prime Minister David Cameron decided to step down after the UK voted to leave the European Union. But the aftermath is unknown and uncertain for everyone. As an immediate effect, pound has fallen to levels not seen since 1985 following the UK's referendum, FTSE 100 index began the day with more than 8% fall. There are immediate concerns regarding what will happen to house prices if "millions of EU citizens need to leave" the UK. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she was "absolutely determined" to keep Scotland in the EU, hence a second Scottish independence referendum is now "highly likely". Morgan Stanley sources told BBC that they are in the process of moving about 2,000 staff based in London to either Dublin or Frankfurt. Bank of England is warning the economic consequences that are already emerging.  Most importantly, Scotland Yard has revealed that it has seen an upsurge in reported hate crimes since the EU referendum across UK. People are feeling anxious at the perception of increased intolerance & violence against certain communities. Racist graffiti was found on the front entrance of the Polish Social and Cultural Association in Hammersmith, west London.

London has experienced huge demonstration from thousands of people who have marched through London to protest against the decision to leave the EU on July 2 near Parliament Square area of Westminster. The rally was organized quickly, with an appeal put out on social media less than a week ago. Still there were at least thousands of Pro-EU campaigners from different communities in the 'March for Europe' with placards, signs and banners aplenty expressing their frustration against BREXIT.

'Together we will build a better Britain' - said Theresa ahead of coronation as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13th 2017. Simply saying “Brexit means Brexit”, as May always did, left all the relevant questions still unanswered. The most profound consequences will, of course, depend on the European Union’s response to the UK’s withdrawal. BREXIT would be a major impact on the UK economy – now whether this proves to be a temporary glitch or beginning of a longer downturn is harder to forecast.

Debiprasad is an Indian freelance documentary photographer, currently based out of London. Though Debi is a Business Consultant by profession, but his strong passion for documentary photography & photojournalism made him travel to various countries like India, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA. He strongly believes that as a documentary photographer, it is his responsibility to showcase the social changes and its impact on human race and he is committed to leverage photography as the most powerful tool to capture the social changes & behaviors across the globe over the years.

Winner of Nikon India ‪‎PowerYourClicks Photography Contest (Judged by Magnum Photographer Mr. Raghu Rai), Photographic Society of America Gold Medal, United Photographers International Gold Medal, Photographic Society of Singapore Gold Medal, Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique Gold Medal, International Union of Photographers Jury’s Choice Gold Medal Hong Kong, Czech Federation of Art Photography CFFU Silver Medal, Runner-up in InterAction (alliance organization in Washington, D.C. of NGOs) 14th Annual Photo Contest for “Women Empowerment”, Winner of Fotoforum Award Menschen Germany, Second  place in India Photography Award – Travel, Diploma from Image Sans Frontiere, France, Second place winner in 'Global Village' Photographic Competition from Society of International Travel & Tourism Photographers, UK, Zivko Janevski Bronze Medal, Curator 1st Choice Award world-street photography, Finalist of HIPA Award, and many honorable mentions/prizes from Ireland, Serbia, US, Singapore, UK, Argentina, Germany, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hong Kong, Ukrain, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina & India.

His photographs have been published in many international magazines/websites e.g. Vogue Italia, National Geographic, F-Stop (USA), Fotoforum (Germany), Rammajamma Images (Australia), Society of International Travel & Tourism Photographers (UK), The Telegraph, Life Force Magazine (UK),  Social Documentary Network, World Street Photography etc.

Debiprasad’s photographs were exhibited in several exhibitions globally e.g. International Exhibition of Art & Photography at "Galerie Romain Rolland", Indo-French Cultural Center, New Delhi, Slovenia International Photographic Exhibition,  Plovdiv International Photo Festival Bulgaria, Photography Group Exhibition "Portraiture" Serbia, Asian University for Women Bangladesh, Photo Life – Art Hub Annual Exhibition Kolkata, India, Instagram First Ever Photography Exhibition in India, "PHOTOGRAPHY UTSAB" Kolkata, etc.

He can be reached at :

debiprasad.mukherjee@gmail.com

+91 9830318394/ +44 7424555024.

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