I voted to stay, but it was a close one. In the end I wrote down on paper 10 key areas of the referendum campaigns and the ‘Stay’ vote won by 6 votes to 4.
The future of the United Kingdom and our economy post Brexit is an unknown quantity. Economists and experts are trying their best to posture and position the most valid and reasoned arguments but it’s impossible to know for sure, so we all just have to wait and see.
I’m sure the individuals selling these souvenirs had no idea that their profits would soar by a Brexit vote. As Brits we are a sceptical bunch so it’s been an inevitable tide of negative backlash in certain quarters to the fear of the unknown. It’s nice to see that some people are already benefiting though, fingers crossed it was the right decision long term and that the recruitment industry will only go from strength to strength.
And hey, if things start going badly in a few years, at least we now know there is a future selling T-shirts of the Queen.
It's easy to sneer at these keepsakes, but souvenirs have been a phenomenon in London since the days of the Crystal Palace and the Brunels' Thames Tunnel. Some of the shop owners we speak to have been here for over a decade. And while there's a decided nervousness about London's housing market at the moment, we may well be on the verge of a golden era for the capital's cheaper goods. Says Jim, "After Brexit it's quite busy. Because the euro's going up. So people come down now, I sell more stuff. I'm telling you, after Brexit... it's picking up."