The New York Times reports that younger UK adults are largely upset over the vote to exit the EU. The paper quotes one 21-year-old woman, Louise Driscoll, as saying she spent most of the day crying. “I had a bad feeling in my gut,” she said of Britain’s referendum on Europe. “What do we do now? I’m very scared.” Her parents both voted to leave the bloc, she said, and “will probably be gloating.” Another man said, “Truly gutted that our grandparents have effectively decided that they hate foreigners more than they love us and our futures.”
The comments from the very young voters were typical and largely premised on their fears that they were about to lose benefits and government help. The paper quotes a 25 -year-old, Hannah Shaw, as saying, “I’m already part of a generation stuck in rented property unable to buy my own house. The older generation seem so happy with the result, almost smug like it’s some sort of victory completely unaware of the chaos they’ve caused for my generation. I’m dreading what will happen to employment, workers’ rights, the environment and our economy.”
The middle-aged and elder generation sees things differently. Many believe that, as the NY T’s has reported, “Refugees from poor and war-torn places are crossing land and sea in record numbers to get to the better lives shown to them by modern communications.” The belief goes that jobs and opportunities are lost to these people. It is an idea that has been promoted by Donald Trump and seemingly met with widespread approval from white males, although some pundits believe that his approval mass transcends much deeper.
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership involving 20 European countries that were formed after World War II. It was designed to promote economic trade and co-dependence between the countries with the concept being that countries exchanging goods together are less likely to war against each other.
The UK’s decision to exit the EU is unlikely to impact negatively the ability of British citizens to work in other countries that remain in the EU. The same goes for EU nationals who want to work in the UK. In both cases, permits will almost certainly be liberally granted. Visas for extended stays in EU countries may be required but temporary visitors for 90 days or less will likely be able to enter without a visa.