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The start of goodbye

I wrote this for a four-year-old, trying to minimize the amount of challenging vocabulary incorporated. Perhaps someone else out there would like something like this for their small person.


Today, now, our country is part of a group of other countries.
We can go live and work in any of them.
We can bring back a car full of toys from any of them. (If we want to, which your parents do not.)
The group helps make the water clean. It is now easy to buy food from the other countries. It is now easy to use our phones in the other countries. The group of countries is called the EU.

This week, our country says goodbye to the group. It will take two years to leave. This week the leaving starts. Leaving needs lots of paperwork. Lots and lots of paperwork.

There will be lots of meetings. They will be tricky meetings. The other countries do not want to say goodbye. Our country still wants to buy a car full of toys, but not be part of the group.

We do not know what will happen. We worry a lot.

Here are some of our worries.
Phones may cost more to use.
Food may cost more to buy.
Clean water may not be as safe as now.
We may only be able to bring back a few toys.
We may only go live and work in the other countries with lots of paperwork.

This week, our country says goodbye. In two years, our country leaves the EU. Whatever happens after, there will be lots of paperwork.


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Mar. 28th, 2017 11:52 am (UTC)
I think the loss of human rights, particularly around living and working standards, is probably the most important thing, and can be explained to small children. "Red tape" as the Government calls it.
Mar. 28th, 2017 11:53 am (UTC)
Good point. Also "red tape" are easier words if a more abstract concept.
Mar. 31st, 2017 06:40 pm (UTC)
Very tempted to send this to my Leave-voting MP, but some of the words might still be a bit long for him.
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