The Impact Of Brexit On The Next Generation
The Brexit referendum was put together with no exit strategy and now impacts the living standards of subsequent generations.... even those who voted to remain.
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Let’s talk Brexit.
73% of voters aged 24 and under voted against leaving the EU, a demographic who will have to live the rest of their lives by this one-time decision. A decision, I should add, that was made by those mostly aged 55+ who voted to leave. This is the age category that will be affected by Brexit the least.
In my opinion, Brexit was not thought through properly. It is partly the EU’s fault; there were several economic issues, but these factors were inevitable.
If Britain cannot afford the current system, how will it do so when it does not have access to adequate funding and national income? Once again, the youth suffer and feel an obscure but tangible fear of
our politicians and fellow citizens who voted Leave.
The youth of today will be trying to find employment in the not so distant future, yet Brexit now means we are at risk of another recession happening! We do not know exactly what Brexit will bring, but we do know a financial dip in the economy is very likely.
So, who will provide for our future? Many EU immigrants are highly educated and have helped create more employment opportunities. Yet many Brits are concerned that immigrants may reduce pay levels and chances of the UK-born getting jobs.
So, could Brexit have been born out of fear that Brits will not be able to rise and succeed due to the competition that exists in the EU? Or even that leaders themselves will not be able to succeed? The next generation’s future should be decided by political pride.
Previous issues that have tormented the UK economy are only likely to rise again, an example of just one is a regional divide. History will keep on repeating itself. The long-simmering issues that once held the UK captive will once again hold the long lives of today’s generation captive.
I think that it is clear to see that more people are now in opposition to Brexit than initially supported. So why should that decision still be supported? A military principle is that every conflict should be entered strategically, but the UK obviously thought the strategy would magically present itself after making a vote.
The young people of the UK have never been involved in politics, but so often we have to live with the consequences of the political system. Brexit is the result of a generation that has not carefully considered the impact it will make, especially on younger people who will be most affected by it.
Brexit’s impact will manifest, and my unconsidered generation will have to deal with the consequences, no matter how grave.