The voice of the young has been overruled by the elderly in the EU referendum – and there are plenty of reasons not to be happy about it.
Remember the controversy over whether to allow 16 and 17-year-olds the vote on the issue, on the grounds that they will be among those most affected by the outcome? They weren’t allowed the vote.
Instead, the decision to leave lies very squarely with the people who are least likely to live with the consequences – older and downright elderly people who are unlikely to be affected by the economic turmoil they have unleashed on their sons, daughters and grandchildren for the sake of – what? – a false notion of patriotism.
If you are an older person who voted ‘Leave’, now your teenagers really do have a good reason to resent you.
Thanks to mum, dad and uncle Knobhead, the 2016 UK EU referendum has narrowly swung in the favour of the Leave campaign plunging the pound to a thirty five year low and the FTSE down by 3% at the time of writing. The most annoying set of stats released to-date though confirm that it’s the older portion of the British public that were the deciding factor with more of them in the Leave camp, despite the fact that their kids and grandkids voted much more in favour of remain.
It feels like dark days for the youth of today when they’ll have to put up with the decision for a hell of a lot longer than the rents. It’s hard to foresee the extent of the ramifications of the vote leave decision in the referendum. The economy has already shown signs of volatility and with the full exit still to come, along with the prospect of Scotland possibly going its own way in the long run, we’ll be very surprised if there isn’t more fallout still to come.
Recrimination aside, it’s incredibly concerning that such a resounding proportion of the younger generation are now going to be completely ignored as a result of the vote to leave. If that isn’t tough enough to take, the fact that it’s a decision that feels incredibly final and damning means that we may well be stuck with the dark days for a long time to come.
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