As part of a project which involved gathering data from nearly 10,000 young people (under 30 years old), Dr Sam Mejias from the London School of Economics has found interesting results when it comes to young people’s attitudes towards Europe – Young Britons are among the most pro-European of the bunch!
Results from the ‘Catch-EyoU’ project, (part of the ‘Horizon 2020’ research programme headed by the European Commission and looking at all socio-economic groups) show that approximately half of UK respondents display some kind of positive identification with the EU. This is one of the highest figures of any member-state.
This is surprising because although younger people on a whole voted to ‘Remain’ in the 2016 June referendum, after the result it might be expected to see large amounts of Euro-scepticism from focus groups. The political climate and level of discourse certainly feels very negative, but the shock referendum result seems to have awakened the younger generation who now realise the rights and benefits they will lose as a result lies and mis-information from a campaign headed by the fools Farage and Boris. One example of this awakening is young campaigner Madeleina Kay who recently won "Young European of the Year" award and actively campaigns against brexit.
With the potential loss of freedom of movement and European health insurance abroad it is not surprising that the younger generation feel betrayed and ill represented by the UK’s major political parties. Each young Briton today was born an EU citizen and the majority want to be able to travel to Europe without the need of a visa and without having to worry about whether or not they can afford the € € € that will be required in case of a broken leg or other urgent healthcare needs when abroad – It is plain to them that socially, economically, environmentally and even theoretically brexit is not a good idea. The UK government and brexiteers need to realise that the younger generation are our future who in time will be replacing the current politicians in government and caring for the elderly leave voters who threw so much away in the June 16 referendum.
On the 29th of last month Prime Minister Theresa May triggered article 50, which means the UK is scheduled to ‘officially’ leave the European Union at 11pm UK time on Friday, 29 March 2019. The clock is ticking and if young people care about their rights outside of ‘Little Britain’, then they must fight to keep them.