British native, local expat weigh-in on Brexit

Damian Parker

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Parker’s British Institution in Buffalo feels like an escape across the pond.

Damian Parker is a British native who moved to Western New York several years ago. His goal was to create a little slice of home and spread British cultural staples around the Queen City.

Parker’s has authentic British ale, fish n’ chips, a unique FIFA regulation size soccer and rugby field, and a slew of other British products.

That means a lot of ordering from UK suppliers.

“The exchange rate now for the pound sterling has dropped dramatically which has left us in a good position because we support a lot of UK suppliers and we’ve got bigger buying power because the exchange rate is in our favor so much which we’ve never experienced before,” Parker told News 4.

For now, he’s reaping the benefits of Brexit.

“Nobody, myself included, nobody we knew thought it would actually pass,” said Molly Carroll.

The American, who is visiting family in Kenmore, lives in London with her husband and son.

Carroll’s husband is a trader; she said the hours leading up to the Brexit vote felt a lot like Y2K.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was counting on the vote going another way. He’s since announced he’ll resign in the fall, only adding to the tension and uncertainty among Brits.

“No one knows what it means for any of us and what I think is scary is that the government doesn’t know,” Carroll said.

And then there’s the Scots, who wanted to stay in the EU, but are apart of the UK.

“We have a lot of Scottish friends, we also have a lot of Scottish expats that live in Buffalo,” Parker said.

He told News 4 they’re even more on edge, cautiously awaiting an outcome of a decision many of them didn’t want.

Parker still has many friends and family members back home in Britain. Half of them voted to remain in the EU, the other half voted to stay.

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