Friday, July 1, 2016

Brexit: A Distressing Outcome for Young Britons

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Students across the UK are claiming they are so distressed with the outcome of the Brexit vote that they are traumatized and at risk of failing their exams.
In light of last week’s referendum result, young people took to social media to voice their consternation and especially their anxieties regarding a future outside of the European Union.
“I've felt so down all day because of this, and just have this constant sick feeling in my stomach,” one person posted in online forum The Student Room.
“I genuinely feel like I'm grieving... for our growing economy. I’m grieving for our loss of cultural enrichment."
"If we weren’t a part of the EU I’d never have met people from the likes France, Norway, Germany, who have so much to offer to our country. We have so much to gain from these cultures.”
“Can I class Brexit as a traumatic event when fail my exams next week? Because honestly I’m so distracted now because of it?” One user suggested.
On Twitter, students undertaking their final A-level and GCSE exams mused that their results were "irrelevant" since they “have no future now anyway” due to Brexit.
While many were quick to blame their parents’ generation for the Brexit outcome, I have read one report that highlighted only a third of eligible voters aged 18-24 took part in the referendum vote.
Approximately 75 percent of those who did, voted to remain a part of the EU, in contrast to around 40 percent of voters over the age of 64.
In a blog post this week, Richard Branson called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 following the UK’s Brexit vote, arguing that young people have repeatedly ended up being “on the right side of history”.

There is a lesson in it for Malaysia too.

It is my hope that young Malaysians will take heed of the above – so that they will register in droves as voters upon reaching 21 years of age, and then exercise their right as citizens when the 14th Malaysian general election comes around on or before August 24, 2018.
We must evict UMNO and reject BN. We too are on the right side of history!

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