Since the popular vote to leave the European Union was revealed, many UK residents have felt a sense of division in the country. There seems to have been invisible groups formed where some are remainers, and some are leavers. Our inherent desire to join groups such as the leavers or remainers is one that dates back since the beginning of time. We often place ourselves into groups based on characteristics that define us such as religion or political stances.
- In the winter of 2019, one Brit was sad to note that a schism between Brexit supporters and detractors was causing real ongoing friction.
- The Brit took note that Brexit supporters were regularly reviled as xenophobes, whereas those that wished to remain were called “remoaners.”
- Although enmity between differing groups is a historical fact, the British Psychological Society member, Steve Taylor, felt that such a rift had not been the norm since the British Civil War.
“Most conflicts in history have been fought between groups who define themselves as different to one another, due to religion, ethnicity, or political beliefs.”