Young people in their teens and early 20s are worried about their futures in a Brexit Britain according to new research.
The British Youth Council is charity working to promote the interests and views of people under the age of 25. They recently surveyed a sample of 1,000 11 to 25 year-olds on their views regarding various social issues, including the Brexit referendum in June last year.
Asked whether they thought the world was getting better or worse, half said they thought it was getting worse and only one third believed it was improving. A significant majority of the respondents – 72 per cent of higher education students and 62 per cent overall – said they felt like citizens of Europe.
Others said they were worried that Brexit had become “a platform for hate, racism and discrimination”.
The British Youth Council has presented the results of their survey to the government, repeating an earlier call for the involvement of young people in its handling of Article 50 negotiations. This was particularly important they claimed because 16 and 17 year-olds were unable to vote in the Referendum despite the significant effects of the result on their futures.
British Youth Council Chair Anna Baker said:
“It is quite clear that young people continue to feel worried and uncertain about the future of our country following the EU referendum results. The government must ensure young people are centre stage of the Brexit negotiations going forward – so young people feel they have a real stake in their future.”
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