The EU Referendum Result: How have Young People Reacted?


Written for London360 in June 2016:

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the UK had a Referendum of a generation. The question was simple, should we either remain in the EU or leave?

In the early morning of the 24th June 2016 there was some shock that the country had decided to leave the EU, where many thought we would remain in the union. The British Prime Minster (PM) David Cameron also announced that he would resign in October 2016 and we will have a new PM. There was also news that the Opposition Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn has been given a vote of no confidence by his own MPs.

The Referendum also had a national turnout of 72.2% and the results were:

Leave: 51.9% (17,410,742)
Remain: 48.1% (16,141,241)

On Twitter the hashtag #WhatHaveWeDone was trending across the UK and news sites such as Metro UK wrote articles featuring Tweets from many Young People feeling frustrated about the results.

 

Finally, the country is heading into uncharted waters and who knows what will happen over the coming weeks and months.

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