Since Brexit was announced last week, everybody’s been trying to figure out what it means for Britain’s future – but does anybody actually know? Well, we do know that the students currently studying will be part of the generation affected the most by a vote largely determined by their seniors – although apparently it’s for our own good and we’ll be “thanking them” when we’re older.
In the aftermath some students have compared the choice of leaving the EU to ‘Depression’ and ‘a massive distraction from Exams’. Media outlets are running with it.
I only have 2 exams left now but it’s pointless revising I have no future now anyway #brexit
— Tamsin Döll (@tamsinofficial) June 24, 2016
— Han (@SarcasticSoul_) June 24, 2016
Pleased for this year’s Govt & Poltics A-Level students, who through the luck of the draw sat all their exams prior to the Brexit result.
— Colin Smith (@Colin_TBTAMC) June 29, 2016
While some may be quick to roll out the accusations of “lazy millennials”, this isn’t just a gag item. As students look on at the events unravelling post-Brexit, responses like these reveal a much deeper seam of panic and uncertainty as the future the young once had appears to fall apart. In this atmosphere of chaos, some wonder if they’ll even be able to support themselves, let alone a family of four.
There are plenty of places to point the finger – some blame 18-25s themselves who had the lowest turnout at the polls, and some the over-40s for not considering the effects on the younger generation.
75% of young voters voted to stay in the EU and 18-25s were the most pro-EU age group, but their wishes have been over-ridden by their parents and grandparents. The majority of those that voted were students, and if the government doesn’t start paying attention to them we could start seeing a “brain drain” as they move elsewhere.
Whatever age you are, what do you think of the EU referendum and the future of the UK?