Students would change their Brexit vote if they could
Student Leave voters report how, in light of recent events, they would change their vote if they could.
The extent to which the country’s students were against Brexit in the EU referendum has been revealed in a startling new analysis which has shown that, for every one who voted Leave, almost six voted Remain.
Despite worries about youth turnout and confusion over student voter registration, research agency YouthSight found 87 percent of eligible students at UK universities voted in the referendum.
Westminster could actually learn something from student politics.
Overall, 85 percent of students who voted in the referendum chose Remain, meaning almost one million out of the UK’s 1.4 million full-time undergraduates voted to stay in the union. This is a higher proportion than originally anticipated in pre-referendum research by YouthSight for Universities UK (UUK) which reported 78 percent of eligible students with “strong intention” to vote intended to vote Remain.
The Brexit result would have been entirely different with votes at 16.
More than three-quarters of all UK students, including those ineligible to vote, stated how they felt negatively about the result.
“I have lost the right and opportunity to work or live in 27 different countries. The Leave campaign has brought to light the xenophobic and racist views that are still very much alive in this country, and it’s sickening,” said one first-year student at the University of Gloucestershire.
Another, a second-year at Kingston University, told the survey: “Because I now feel really uncertain about my future, I feel like we no longer have a really positive connection with the EU, and so England feels so much more like an island than it did before.”
The fact that 16 and 17-year-olds – about a million and a half people – were shut out of the vote was an absolute disgrace.
NUS polls have shown around 75 percent of them would have voted if given the chance – and it’s easy to see why. They’re going to have to live with the consequences of this decision for about 70 years, and it’ll affect every area of their lives from education, to jobs, to travel, to peace, and politics.”
She also added how “this can’t happen again,” explaining: “The next time there’s an opportunity to shape the future of our country, all young people must be at the heart of it.”