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Young Brits protest EU referendum result

Following the EU referendum on 23 June, a group of pro-remain teenagers could be seen protesting the Brexit win in Parliament Square on 24 June.

 

brexit protestA reporter for the London Evening Standard spotted two teenage girls carrying signs saying “Please sir, can we have a choice?” and “Where was my vote?”.

 

The protesters, aged 17 and below, were too young to vote in the referendum. Based on recent analysis of voting patterns, older voters appear to have swung the EU referendum result in favour of leaving the EU, while young voters overwhelming supported the pro-remain side.

 

Prior to the referendum, a petition was launched calling for the lowering of the voting eligibility age from 18 years to 16 years in this historic referendum, arguing that young Brits would have their lives seriously impacted by a decision in which they had no say. The House of Lords wished to give that age group the chance to vote in the referendum, but their move was blocked by the House of Commons.

 

While some teenagers took to Parliament Square to voice their discontent – some of them carrying placards saying “I’m not British I am European” – others preferred to utilize Twitter, banding together under the hashtag #notinourname.

 

Voting patterns

Of all the eligible votes, 17,410,742 was for LEAVE while 16,141,241 was for REMAIN. This translates into 52% leave votes and 48% remain votes. The turnout was 72,16 percent, which is higher than in last years’ general election.

 

How did the young voters vote?

There is a very clear trend to be seen here, with age corresponding to a voter’s likelihood of voting remain. In the youngest age group, 73 percent of votes were for remain. In the oldest age group, the one comprised of voters aged 65 and above, only 40 percent of votes were for remain.

 

Leave Remain
18 – 24 years 27 percent 73 percent
25 – 34 years 38 percent 62 percent
35 – 44 years 48 percent 52 percent
45 – 54 years 56 percent 44 percent
55 – 64 years 57 percent 43 percent
65+ years 60 percent 40 percent

In general, turnout was considerably lower than average in areas with a higher proportion of young residents.

Sources: The Guardian, BBC