The Star – Lessons from the EU referendum

brexit-1481024_1920

There is no denying the impact of Brexit on the world. The historic vote to Leave has resulted in severe economic & financial turmoils globally.  In the aftermath, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is resigning from his post to take responsibility for the loss of the Remain Campaign. A honorable and  respectable leader doing the right thing.

Now there’s Bregret & calls for a second Referendum. While we have to wait to see what develops, lets not forget the hard lessons from Brexit.

This article is a good read. http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/online-exclusive/a-humble-submission/2016/06/27/lessons-from-the-eu-referendum/

The following two points in the article are very interesting.

~ Article Extract begins  …..

“Two threads have emerged from the result. The first is how some Leave voters now regret their decisions. The media reported several instances of Leave voters who voted thinking that Remain would win in any event. These people thought that their votes would not matter anyway. Now faced with the reality and uncertainty of Brexit, some of them have expressed regret in the way they voted.

The second thread that emerged is the feeling from young people that they have been “betrayed” by older voters. They feel that it was the older voters who gave the Leave victory, since younger voters voted to Remain.

This sentiment is best expressed in a viral comment by a person by the name of Nicholas Barret, who said; “Secondly, the younger generation has lost the right to live and work in 27 other countries. We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied. Freedom of movement was taken away by our parents, uncles, and grandparents in a parting blow to a generation that was already drowning in the debts of our predecessors.”       ~  end Extract

Some revealing statistics to note ….

  1. The turnout was uncharacteristically high for the United Kingdom at 72.16%. The last UK-wide referendum, which was held in 2011 to determine the voting system of the country, had a turnout of only 42% of the electorate. The General Elections held in 2015 saw a turnout of 66.4%.
  2. 17,410,742 people, or 52 percent, voted for the UK to Leave, against 16,141,241 people, or 48% who voted to Remain. In the end, it was close, but there is still a significant margin between the two.
  3. A poll conducted on the day of the referendum showed that nearly three quarters (73%) of 18 to 24 year-olds voted to Remain, falling to under two thirds (62%) among 35-44s. A majority of those aged over 45 voted to Leave, rising to 60% of those aged 65 or over.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s