Brexit is kind of a big deal, right? We’re pretty sure a lot of you guys have been harbouring opinions inside you that you’re eager to voice out. When the topic is raised, you probably wonder, “what does this mean for me?” or “how does this affect my future?” Well, we’ve asked NCS grad, Nicola to give us her thoughts on Brexit and how it may affect the lives of young people in the future.
Keep reading to find out more!
Brexit – it’s a word that we have all grown to hate, even to those that voted out of the EU. Not just because of what it means for future generations to come, but because it was the most popular word of 2016 that was headlined for about three months before the big vote. I know what you’re thinking, "more Brexit talk". But don’t worry, this blog will look at Brexit in a different way than it’s been talked about in the press. It’ll concentrate on us – the younger generations that will possibly be affected the most..
Once Article 50 comes into full force, our country will have officially left the EU and break away from all of its rules and supremacy – a pretty scary idea and one that will have a big impact. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages to the referendum which we can’t exactly predict the outcomes – we can just cross our fingers towards its success. Yet has anybody thought about how it’ll affect our own generation? The next generation of workers and adults? Perhaps not, seeing as though we didn’t even get the chance to vote for our own future, which I think was wrong. After all, the voting age should have at least been brought down to 16 so there was a wider voice for young people, rather than having a small minority of young adults representing us. And yes, we would have used this freedom to vote instead of staying home on our phones like the public presumed. Unlike the stigma towards us being damaging and lazy to society, we genuinely care and have an interest in politics, especially in such an important vote for our country. Nevertheless, the vote has been made without us and we have to accept what the older generations have decided – to leave.
Now I’m afraid to break it to you, but there will be more extreme changes than just the increased prices of Magic Stars (which is devastating). One big change will be the restrictions of working and studying abroad. Whilst part of the EU, a lot of students decided to attend a foreign university for cheaper tuition fees, a new experience and the chance to work abroad, which didn’t require any special visas and helped improve unemployment rates. But once Brexit hits, these opportunities will be limited and the fear of recession is predicted to decrease wages. What’s more, less international students (and other people) will visit Britain, which means we could lose out on a lot of profit and tourism.
But isn’t the expected decrease in immigration a good thing? After all that was one of the main reasons people voted to leave. Yes, there are some expected benefits like the idea that it will put less pressure on the NHS when it comes to the number of patients requiring treatment. However despite this, it means that UK citizens will no longer be entitled to a European Health Insurance Card, which allows us to claim medical care in another EU country. Another consequence is that UK pensioners living elsewhere could become anxious and feel the need to migrate back home, putting that same pressure back onto the NHS.
This fear and hatred of immigration is also leading to a lot of racism and hate crimes with more than 500 racist incidents occurring across the first couple of weeks after the referendum – it’s appalling! This idea of rejecting our own citizens and xenophobia absolutely disgusts me, from people discriminating, to arson attacks and even forcibly asking women to remove headscarves. If this is what the ‘British’ are doing, then I’d like to change my nationality. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m aware that these extreme views are only reflect part of a loud minority and that most people who voted out didn’t intend for any of this to happen, but it’s this minority who are causing the damage and what for? Instead, as a nation we should be more compassionate and tolerant to those that need our help, and to those that’ll work hard and have just as much of a right to live here because if we didn’t, what is this teaching our children? As it’s proven, they will most likely reflect this behaviour and share these prejudice views throughout their own lives.
Brexit will happen. It’s a vote that can’t be changed as it was chosen by our own democracy – a right we should stand for. But what we should not stand for is any racism, xenophobia and discrimination that could come with it and instead acknowledge how it affects our opportunities of work, housing, travel and education for our younger generations, whether it be good or bad. We need to stand up and use our voices against all wrong. Bring it on Brexit!
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