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Young People Are Furious at Older People for Voting to Leave EU


While the EU referendum, which has ultimately resulted in Great Britain voting to leave the European Union, has been a bitterly divisive fight, nothing has separated the Remain and Leave camps quite so distinctly as the age of the voters, according to Buzzfeed. Around 75% of young people aged 18 to 24 overwhelmingly voted to Remain, compared to only 39% older voters over 65.

Nearly two-thirds of over-60 voters voted to Leave the European Union, while those under 49 were more likely to vote to Remain. Given that the Leave vote triumphed only by a measly 51.9% to Remain’s 48.1%, this demographic almost certainly tipped the scales in the Brexit campaign’s favor.

 

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This has triggered a furious outcry from young people on Twitter, who are outraged that their futures will likely not have the economic opportunities and freedoms that these same older voters ironically enjoyed all their lives thanks to their membership in the EU.

Many voters were especially frustrated by the fact that young, teenage citizens were unable to have a say in this vote despite the fact that they will be living with the consequences of Brexit much longer than these older voters.

Some took a more level-headed approach, criticizing the us-vs-them mentality that young people are expressing towards the older generation, comparing it to the racist anti-immigration sentiments that fueled the Brexit campaign to begin with.

Britain’s task now is to try to soften the blow that will be felt by the younger generation. The Brexit begins with the invoking of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will begin a negotiation process lasting up to two years that will set the terms under which Britain will leave the EU.

 

Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW



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