Wirral woman devastated and feels her family isn’t welcome in Britain anymore after Brexit result announced

The shock result of the referendum vote in June 2016, which now places the country on the road to leaving the European Union, and brought about fierce debates and, for some, forced about some life-changing decisions.

Originally from Nuremburg in Germany, Wirral resident Wibke Hott came to the UK almost 20 years ago as a student and has lived in Merseyside ever since.

After the result was announced, she and her husband Graham, who is British, decided to leave. In the summer, they will pack up their life in Wallasey and take their six-year-old daughter, Josie, and three cats to Germany.

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Wibke Hott and her family, who are leaving the UK after the Brexit result © Wibke Hott

She said: “When the result to leave came in, I cried.

“All of a sudden there was this feeling of ‘oh my gosh, I really cannot stay here’.”

In the referendum last summer, Liverpool was one of the minority of cities across the UK that voted in favour of staying in the European Union, with 58% of local voters backing the ‘Remain’ campaign. 51% of Wirral residents shared this view.

The qualified psychotherapist took the opportunity to voice her opinions on the matter when BBC Question Time arrived in Wallasey prior to the public taking to the polls.

An infuriated Wibke found herself regularly shouting at the television in the lead-up to the Brexit vote and to have the opportunity to voice these opinions to the political world after the vote was not one she was willing to pass over.

Her husband, Graham, said: “She’s watching the programme most times anyway and you can see how it gets her in such a state of rage.

“With it being held just round the corner from the house there was no way she wasn’t going to be in that audience.”

YouTube: Andrew Nuttall (Video Extract © BBC Question Time)

Following her appearance on the programme, the mother-of-one received almost 200 social media messages from complete strangers about the issue and its implications for the future.

These came from Brits living abroad or fellow EU citizens, who praised the German national for voicing what so many of them were struggling to come to terms with.

Despite her pleas, a nation had spoken.

With a majority of 52% of voters supported the campaign for the country to end its 43-year-long relationship with the EU.

Wallasey MP, and leading Labour Remain campaigner, Angela Eagle said: “I was devastated by the result of the EU referendum.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle expressed her views on Brexit after the ‘Remain’ campaign failed © Angela Eagle / Twitter

“Too many of our supporters were taken in by right-wing arguments and the case to remain in the EU was made with half-hearted ambivalene rather than full-throated clarity.”

The move for the family across the English Channel will no doubt be an emotional one, filled with tears for all involved.

The mother-of-one said: “The move will really affect our daughter most of all, and for her to have to leave behind her British grandmother and cousins is going to absolute crush her.”

The family recently spent time in Germany over the Christmas period, where the idea of moving there was first introduced to Josie.

The six-year-old, who is currently being home educated, was introduced to other children at a German school where the move was planned.

Wibke said: “Once we took Josie to that school her whole attitude about the move changed. She loved the attention of being ‘the foreigner’ and all the questions that the children had about England.

She also expressed how their window of opportunity was small, but convenient, as German children typically start school at around six to seven-years-old.

Wibke said that the familiy’s story is not really interesting and that they decided to leave before anything really happened with regard to Brexit, it was the decision of the public which made up her mind.

She said: “Some people who are EU nationals may feel completely trapped as a result of this decision. For us, we are fortunate that this window of opportunity presented itself.

“It saddens me to leave, but in my heart I know that I simply cannot stay any longer.”

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