The United Kingdom’s slim decision to vote for Brexit and leave the EU has left its younger citizens worried about their economic future.
Young Britons strongly preferred to remain in the European Union, with pollsters reporting that 75 percent of voters aged 18-24 voted for Remain. Daily Telegraph reporter Ben Riley-Smith tweeted the age breakdown of the Remain voters, showing that older voters strongly preferred to secede while millennials strongly favored staying. The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain tweeted that the Brexit vote showed that the “older generation voted for a future the younger don’t want.”
HOW AGES VOTED
18-24: 75% Remain
25-49: 56% Remain
50-64: 44% Remain
65+: 39% Remain#EUref
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) June 23, 2016
Age breakdown on Brexit polls tells underlying story. Older generation voted for a future the younger don’t want: pic.twitter.com/kMPECqQF6u
— Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) June 24, 2016
Twitter user @AD7863 captured a comment from a young “Remain” voter written at the end of aFinancial Times article that perfectly described not only the opportunities that had been deprived from younger generations as a result of Brexit, but the ominous harbinger of things to come in a new Britain ruled by nationalists favoring Brexit. As of this writing, the tweet has over 25,000 retweets.
A quick note on the first three tragedies. Firstly, it was the working classes who voted for us to leave because they were economically disregarded, and it is they who will suffer the most in the short term. They have merely swapped one distant and unreachable elite for another.
Secondly, the younger generation has lost the right to live and work in 27 other countries. We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied. Freedom of movement was taken away by our parents, uncles, and grandparents in a parting blow to a generation that was already drowning in the debts of our predecessors.
Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel. When Michael Gove said, ‘The British people are sick of experts,’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has led to anything other than bigotry?
As it turns out, many of the older Britons who voted for Brexit may have done so on false pretenses. Earlier on Friday, US Uncut reported that UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, who claimed that the UK would have £350 million pounds more each week to spend on the National Health Services, admitted that the oft-repeated campaign promise was a lie.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email firstname.lastname@example.org.