Headlines > EU referendum results: “Young people are furious, upset and confused”

Posted on October 19, 2017

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Biborka Patai researches how young people feel about Brexit
Young people in the UK are furious and confused because of the decision to leave the EU. They mainly blame the older generations.

Academics at the London School of Economics (LSE) made a new analysis of last year’s divisive referendum vote. It was an unexpected and disquieting result for young people.

This is based on the findings of 40 focus groups and a survey of more than 3,200 young people and adults. The young people are worried about the damage to Britain’s image as a multicultural country that is not racist.

“Young people want a voice in the Brexit process, and not one that is politely listened to and then dismissed,” said Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on a Better Brexit for Young People.

A previous analysis by the LSE advised that 64% of young people, aged 18-24, voted in the referendum of June 2016, materially bigger than expected. The analysis has also advised that around 70% of this age group voted to stay in the EU.

What I think
As a European student in the UK, I feel furious, disappointed and upset that this decision has been made by people who will not have to live with the consequences for as long as us.

I have been living in the UK for two years. I am 19 years old and I did not even finish my studies in my country because I came here to learn, but now I am afraid that maybe I will need to go back to my country and give up my dream to be a photographer.

Finally, I just would like to ask, why doesn’t the government hear young people’s voices? What do you think? Please comment below.

Biborka Patai
Biborka is studying Creative Media Level 2 at Brook House Sixth Form College. She enjoys taking photographs and writing new stories. She would like to develop of her writing skills.

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2 Responses to EU referendum results: “Young people are furious, upset and confused”

  1. Jonathan Bumembe October 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Very informative piece of news! I also believe that the government does not take the opinions of the younger people into consideration. The consequences of this are impactful as we, as young people have a lot of power when shaping society.

  2. Stuart Mills October 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    The biggest problem for young people is that they have only ever known life in the EU and not a life outside of it and this I believe is where the anger, frustration and nervousness comes from.
    BUt you will all find there is little to worry about. The older generation have been through this too but in reverse.
    Back in the 1970’s the UK entered the EU (or Common Market as it was then) and we did not know how the future would turn out but we did not parade ourselves upon the streets shouting ‘we want our future back’, we adapted and coped just as most British people do!
    So, keep calm, trust those who are doing the negotiating to get the best deal they can and stop worrying.
    THe UK wil survive and so shall young people!

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