Nic Dakin

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Jessica's Blog: The EU Referendum

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The country made the wrong decision and it is one that will ultimately impact every person in the country’s lives.

It is estimated that in the age bracket of 18-24 that only 36% actually voted in the referendum. This is shockingly low for such a high profile event that will effect this age brackets lives the most. People in this age bracket are those who will live and be impacted the most. However from this 36%, around 75% voted to remain. Surely if the other 64% had voted, there would have been a much higher chance of remain winning.

A prominent issue that arose in the lead up to the referendum was that people didn’t want an unelected official in charge, having a say in the laws that would impact Britain. Yet what will we have now? Following the result, David Cameron announced that he is stepping down in October for the next leader of the Conservatives to take over as Prime Minister. Whoever they may be, they certainly haven’t been elected. They haven’t faced a general election with the party. They will lack a mandate. The only ones who will have a say are the members of the Conservative party. The general public get no say. There will be an unelected official running the country as Prime Minister and impacting and making our laws.

Studying abroad schemes at university are something that many people aspire to go on, to visit and be educated in another country. One of the largest providers of this is the Erasmus scheme which is based within the EU. This scheme allows for students who are studying abroad but still within the European Union to receive support and scholarships to assist them whilst in a new country. But this will no longer assist British students when we have officially left.

The EU have been very clear since the referendum. If Britain want to access the single market, we will have to agree to the freedom of movement. This quite simply means that Britain will have to allow immigration and such to gain access. This goes against a major part of the Leave campaign, and a crucial factor that led to the ultimate decision to leave.

Finally, what will be left of the United Kingdom? Ireland are calling for reunification, Scotland are calling for a second independence referendum. If both are successful, we could be left with only Wales and England. 

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