Two Lessons Millennial Voters Learned the Hard Way

By November 7, 2016Voting Booth

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On June 24th, 2016, young Britons woke up to a hangover that has lasted for four months and counting. The UK had voted to leave the European Union, by a slim margin of 51.9% to 48.1%.

A plunging currency, capital flight, job loss, a surge of xenophobic behavior and violence, British millennials watched their country crumble overnight. As the aftermath began to unfold, Leave campaign promises were broken, and disturbing analytics showed British voters had Google searched “What is the EU?” and “What does leaving the EU mean?” once the deed had been already done.

Young people, who overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU, felt that they had been robbed, that elderly pensioners in nursing homes and their middle-aged parents had snatched their futures away from them. In the days following the vote, millennials gathered in city squares to protest; they created online petitions and Kickstarters, they showed disgust for the ignorance and backward thinking that led to their country betraying them so deeply. It was a decision made by the old on behalf of the young, they lamented. That they would have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives was unjust.


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