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Are We Right To Brexit?
Lauren Beesting, Features Writer
Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats. Photo by Keith Edkins
What is Brexit? Who's right and who's wrong? Or is it not that simple?

According to Vince Cable a 74-year-old Liberal Democrat MP the older generation have 'shafted' the next millennials future.

His belief is founded on the statistics of 64% of over 65s ("older generation") voting to leave, against the remaining 71% of under 25s ("younger generation") voting to remain.

What is interesting is the statistics of how many of the older generation voted compared to the younger generation.

If you look at the bigger picture 36% of the younger generation didn't even bother to vote compared to 90% of the older generation.

Making any conclusion from the poll results a difficult task to complete.

What Vince has failed to mention is that, yes there was a larger percentage of younger generation voting to remain.

However that only stood as a representation for a small fraction of the overall younger generation in the country.

Therefore it could be deemed almost impossible to draw a conclusion about the beliefs of every 18-25-year-old.

Lack Of Belief In Promises

Why didn't they vote?

Possibly because they didn't know enough, didn't trust the MPs or that were feeding their manifestos into the country.

Maybe they have had previous experiences that the so called 'promises' proposed by parliament were rarely followed through. Making it difficult for them to easily decide which decision would be the most beneficial for them.

Having no clear guidance from those influential political figures to help them make their decisions may be a primary factor in why a large proportion of the younger generation decided not to vote at all.

Then again the older generation did vote, mostly for leaving, compared to the younger generation - well those who actually took the time to place their vote anyway.

It could be suggested that the remaining younger generation who didn't vote could have shared the same views as the older generation to leave and so might not have been 'shafted' as Vince so strongly suggests.

I question why Vince is so adamant that Brexit is the wrong choice with actual physical facts. Brexit could actually be the best decision for the United Kingdom's younger generation's future.

An Older Counsel

Derek Oldroyd, an OAP, shared his own thoughts with regards to Brexit and the decision that the United Kingdom is now facing.

He expressed that, in his opinion, staying in the EU would mean a restricted future for the young as the countries aren't open minded and so don't leave much room for change.

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They create these racist claims that because we don't want to be defined as European we are against the EU. He stated that "there is nothing wrong with Spain, but that doesn't mean I want to be Spanish."

Derek then went on to say that he believes "Vince Cable to be two-faced".

Whatever he claims he will never have to actually do because he isn't going to be 'Prime Minister', and "everything in this world has to be paid for somewhere down the line."

Derek believes that leaving was the best future for the young as it gives them more freedom and stated that since they are Liberal Democrats they should act democratically. It is not democratic to have another referendum so that the already rich can get what they wanted.

Through the whole campaigning of Brexit, it was hard to find the definite conclusions of what would happen to us if we remained or left. We were and still are pretty much in the unknown so how can we presume that Brexit was a bad idea when we have been in the EU for so long?

Many Possibilities

There are so many possibilities as to what will happen to us as a country and there are no real answer to our questions.

We will never know whether leaving was wrong or right as it will just be what it will be hence the uproar from Vince's statement.

The country is venturing into unknown territory, with shadowy predictions about our future.

Surely one MPs views cannot determine what will happen to the millennial's futures or can it?

There will always be people who may have opposing views like Vince but, at the end of the day, most voters were the older generation who many will have children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren and their future is equally important in their eyes as their own so would not have taken the decision to leave lightly.

Should it therefore be allowed for people to assume that the younger generation had no clue or felt that their votes didn't matter?

No one can possibly know whether Brexit was the right decision or not. It's all about patience, uniting together as a country and finding out when it actually happens.

Are We Right To Brexit?, 11th August 2017, 11:01 AM