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Jon Snow Tweet About Young People Post EU Referendum Vote Sums Up Despair Many Feel

75% of people aged 18-24 say they voted for Remain.

25/06/2016 10:36

Jon Snow has tweeted a heart-breaking encounter with two young people devastated with the EU referendum result. 

Data from the historic vote shows young voters overwhelmingly supported Remain while older people backed Brexit, leading to claims baby boomers were “screwing the younger generations over yet again”. 

75% of people aged 18-24 say they voted for Remain with the figure falling as age increases.

Just 39% of those aged 65 and over backed a vote to stay, causing commenters to say it was “infuriating” that “young people.. have a future without the EU and it’s one they don’t want”.

The older generation have hit back with one calling Snow's tweet "disgraceful".

The average life expectancy of someone who voted Brexit is far lower than a Remain voter, according to a CNN journalist citing apparent YouGov and ONS data, meaning that “those who must live with the result of the EU Referendum the longest want to remain”.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron described the result as a “great injustice to future generations”.

“Their future has been taken away by older generations,” he said, in a speech following the result.

“What a tragedy that older voters, the people who have been able to benefit from European integration, have removed the opportunity for those coming behind them.”

 

But those who emerged victorious from the country’s momentous decision sought to reassure those on the losing side, reports the Press Association.

In his victory speech at Vote Leave headquarters, Boris Johnson said: “I want to speak directly to the millions of people who did not vote for this outcome, especially young people, who may feel that this decision involves somehow pulling up the drawbridge, because I think the very opposite is true.

“We cannot turn our backs on Europe, we are part of Europe, our children and our grandchildren will continue to have a wonderful future as Europeans. 

 

“It is the essence of our case that young people in this country can look forward to a more secure and more prosperous future, if we take back the democratic control.”

A poll carried out for The Times at Glastonbury music festival found 78% had voted before setting off, with 83% of those surveyed saying they backed Remain and just 16% supporting Brexit.

As festivalgoers came to terms with the news on Friday morning, Damon Albarn took to the Pyramid stage to perform with The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.

 “I have a very heavy heart today,” he told the crowd. “Because to my mind, democracy has failed us. Democracy has failed us because it was ill-informed.”

Other celebrities took to Twitter on Friday to voice their anger at the result and add fuel to the generational divide.

 

Young people demonstrating outside the gates of Downing Street at the result said they had been “robbed” of their futures.

Barman Richie Xavier, 21, said: “In a way I don’t feel it is right for the old people to speak for us. Not to be insensitive, but we have a lot longer to go than they do. So I do feel a little bit robbed of my future today.”

Paddy Baker, 21, said: “This vote was too close to go through. Older people voted for this, but we are the ones who are going to feel the ramifications. I am going to feel the ramifications for the rest of my life.

“It was a real shame that the 16 and 17-year-olds were not allowed to vote, as they were in the Scottish referendum.” 

 
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