Today we woke up to a somewhat less than ‘United’ Kingdom. The outcome of the EU referendum was the most seismic decision in recent history, and has undoubtedly shocked the nation. Sparking the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and the rapid decline of the pound sterling, the Brexit vote has already taken its toll. Now that the votes have been counted, we can see striking divides in how different demographics, and in particular different ages, chose to cast their vote.
As the polls indicated, the UK’s youngest voters overwhelmingly backed the Remain camp. This morning’s YouGov poll states that 75 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds voted to stay in the EU, along with 56 per cent of those aged 25 to 49. In contrast, those above 65 vigorously voted to leave, with as little as 39% voting to Remain. But today’s historic vote has been vigorously criticized by younger voters, arguing that they have been ‘silenced’ by an older generation that won’t be as affected by this decision.
Throughout the referendum, the debate has been a largely middle-aged one and the younger generation’s concerns have been for the most part absent. With no disrespect to the older generation, students feel betrayed that many of the older voters have benefited from affordable housing, free higher education, and secure employment, and yet have made a titanic decision for a generation already facing great insecurity.
The Facebook statuses of the younger generation have rocketed, with political statements such as “To the world stage we are now the political equivalent of a bad drunk clown at a children’s birthday party. It was sort of funny to begin with, but things are likely to get pretty dark.”
A History student from Warwick University gave his opinion on why the British public chose to leave. He argues that “Ultimately, the result turned out how it did because in an issue this complicated, people looked for simplicity. They looked for vehement opinions that reinforced their own misguided stereotypes on immigration, sovereignty, and patriotism.” He believes that “this referendum has pretty much destroyed the old political spectrum. Scotland will no doubt call for another independence referendum, and the Liberal Democrats and Green Party have had their main voice in the political system cut overnight.”
Rosalyn, an International History and Politics student at the University of Leeds passionately claims that the Brexit campaign should be “utterly ashamed of the way in which they have manipulated the fears of an electorate disenfranchised by 5 years of harsh austerity and misrepresented by falsified information in order to use the EU and EU migrants as a scapegoat for this anger.” She dramatically concludes that “We have seen an aging generation plunge the future of its young people into chaos and uncertainty all based on the toxic combination of nationalism and lies.”
Another History student from Leeds University argues that “through enacting Article 50, it will take 2 years for us to leave the EU by which time many people who are currently 16 and unheard will be 18 and living their adult life in recession and uncertainty.” Katie, an Economics student from Sheffield University, thinks that, overall, the Leave campaign triumphed because they used the trump card of immigration in the run up to the vote whereas the Remain campaign focused too heavily on economic arguments. Equally, a Biochemistry student at Imperial describes how she fears scientific research has suffered a massive defeat and that the concerns of academics were not taken seriously enough during the debate.
On the flip slide, a student from the small minority of 18-24 year olds who voted to leave the European Union claims that the campaign’s result is “democracy, fair and simple” and that “saying 17 million people are racist is narrow minded to say the least.” Equally, a 22-year-old barman believes Brexit will have a positive outcome for young workers as it will hopefully tackle the ferocious competition for jobs because of issues over immigration.
The EU referendum campaign has further reinforced that a country so divided by geography, social class, age, education, and income is even more sharply divided by political outlook. Given that Farage has already backed down on the pledge to spend £350 million of European Union cash on the NHS after Brexit, the younger generation can expect further betrayals over issues vital to their generation. It appears that the 23rd June will act as a cornerstone in British politics by emphasizing the deep divisions between the younger and older generations over the direction of the United Kingdom.
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