My in-laws voted leave and appear to be unrepentant about it. The family on my partner’s side has collectively agreed to avoid ANY discussion about Brexit at all, for the sake of maintaining cordial relationships, and this has avoided any ructions since June 2016. However, the second reading of the Immigration bill yesterday reminded me that their vote specifically removes my kids’ freedom to live in work in 27 other countries, a right my partner and I have enjoyed all our lives, and I’m not sure I can cope with it any more. If I can’t bring myself to spend time in their company, it will cause enormous stress and discord in my relationship with my partner, her siblings and their partners, but it will at least convey my strength of feeling and demonstrate to them that their actions have consequences. I would never try and stop them from seeing their grand-children, they will simply have to do it without my involvement. I will also make it very clear that if the atmosphere of xenophobia and intolerance in the UK continues, and we can find a way to make a living and raise our kids elsewhere in the world, then there’s a very good chance we will take it. It feels like a drastic step to take but we all have to take measures to protect our own mental health and we have to take sometimes difficult decisions as to the best environment in which to raise our families. One only has to listen to radio for 5 minutes or watch Question Time to see that many supporters of Brexit refuse to acknowledge the facts of our current predicament, however demonstrable they may be, so I’m not going to waste any time trying to convince them of the error of their position. Given we may get another referendum in the coming months, this doesn’t leave many options other than being honest about how the future will look and what our family may decide to do, if Brexit does go ahead. Is anyone else in this quandary? Does what’s happening to the country make you feel sick or angry to the point of deleterious mental health? Are you taking any practical steps to insure your family against the vicissitudes of Brexit? (All I can think of is starting the kids on intensive French and Spanish). Any advice, thoughts or commiserations are very welcome.