Brexit; The Next Generation
Since the 20th February 2016, Brexit has divided the nation; are we better in or out? It seems everyone has pitched in their opinion on the controversial issue and we turn our heads like sheep, to every politician, newspaper, and authoritative voice that offers guidance.
What is Brexit? Brexit is Britain exiting the European Union. The EU now consists of 28 countries having been set up after World War 2 to improve the damaged economies of Europe. The idea was that if countries trade produce with each other they would avoid conflict. In 1973 Britain voted to join the EU because being in the EU has many advantages but it has some disadvantages, and these prompted the referendum to be held on the 23rd of June.
Article 50 is a plan for any country that wishes to exit the EU. By ‘triggering’ it, the country has begun their departure. Today the Queen is signing the Article 50 bill. After the referendum, the country may take up to 3 years to formally leave the EU.
As we know, the younger generation will be the most impacted by Britain leaving the EU. There are many worrying consequences that directly affect the children of today. Young people will not be able to study at university abroad, which is a popular choice because our tuition fees are the highest in the world. However, the leave campaign argues that, because of immigration cuts, it could be easier to find jobs in the UK because employers would be more inclined to employ British students.
Lots of members of Parliament on both leave and remain have promised things that they are unable to deliver. For example, the Remain campaign said that the economy would crash straight after the vote and the leave campaign promised that they would have an extra £350 million a week to the NHS. Both promises have yet to come true.
The pound fell a considerable amount after the referendum, and is still 15% lower compared to the dollar than it was before the referendum. As we all know a major outcome from Brexit is David Cameron quitting.
One of major reasons for leaving the EU is our health care, the NHS because of the £350 million promised. Also, people wanted to have their laws decided on by people that they had elected themselves not by a group of politicians in Brussels.
However, people also voted to remain in the EU because Brexit was an excuse to fix all our Economic problem easily. People also thought that with an ever-growing older population people would need looking after so Immigrants should be valued more. People said that it would be best to stick to a team instead of leaving because we were stronger that way.
On average, most of the people who choose to leave the EU were of the older generation and the people who choose to leave were older. We think that younger people should have a bigger say in the politics of the country because lots of them have their own thoughts.
The statistics show that the younger generation would prefer to stay in the EU whereas the older generation voted to leave. 73% of the younger generation voted to remain showing that they wanted a secure and certain future where everything was planned and ready for them whereas the older generation on average would like to leave as there is more benefits for them than the youth.
We thought that a great way to represent the opinions in our area of the Somerset would be to interview staff from around our school:
An interview with our head teacher Mr Griffin:
“What did you vote in the Brexit referendum?”
“That’s between me and my ballot.”
“Has your opinion changed since the referendum?”
“What are your opinions on immigration?”
Well, as we have an ageing population I think it’s important to have people looking after them.”
“How do you think Brexit will affect young people?”
“Well I don’t know how it will affect young people, but I think that it may affect their freedom in travelling.”
‘’I voted to stay. I believed that, with the information was around at that time, that it would be best for people in the UK. I found it very difficult to decide because there was an awful lot of media intervention, which made it hard to decide what was true and what wasn’t.
Personally, I don’t think that my job as a teacher is at risk, but many other jobs may be.
It’s difficult to say whether I’ve changed my mind or not, because there is still a lot of uncertainty, but I still believe that remaining in the EU will be better for the country.’’
‘’I voted to remain in the EU. I considered it very carefully and listened to all of the news at the time and came to the conclusion that it would be more beneficial for the country if we stayed.
I think it will affect my children by not being able to study abroad, and wanted to vote for what I think is best for the up and coming generation.’’
‘’I think that we should have left the EU, because it will stop immigrants from coming into our country and stealing our jobs.’’
‘’I voted leave because I thought that it was better for the economy. We will not be under such strict regulations.’’
Reported by Ana, Ava, Isabelle and Grace.