“We shall overcome, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome and with this faith we will go out and adjourn the councils of despair, and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism. And we will be able to rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope.”
Just over half of the UK voted to leave the European Union, leaving 64% of young people with a future they didn’t ask for because older generations wanted to get out of the EU. Many young people are questioning why people over the age of 60 are even allowed to vote, why should they get a say in a future that’s not their’s?
Young people are the people who will have to live with this decision for a lifetime, and they’re stuck with something they didn’t ask for nor did they want-all because they weren’t allowed to vote. 16-17 year olds didn’t get a say in the most important decision of their lives and were shut out of their own future.
16-17 year olds take up about a million and a half of the population. NUS polls have shown that approximately 75% of them would have voted IF THEY WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE.
This decision is to affect every aspect and every area of our lives from education, to jobs, to travel, to peace and to the most important- the politics of the not so Great Britain.
The Remain campaign was about wanting to be part of a global society, based on peace and cooperation, while the Leave campaign was about backwards mentality feeding on fear and remoteness.
At this moment in time, we young people face £9k university fees which are still rising, a collapsing NHS, we have no Prime Minister and are no longer in the EU. And the worst part- we can’t do anything about it other than being stuck on the sharp end of the consequences of Brexit.
Young people wanted a very different future to the one they are going to have to live with and are now stuck in a country that does not represent them in any way shape or form in what is called a “representative democracy”. Instead, we live in a country built on bigotry, suspicion and small-minded self interest.
Many young people worry for their future, being in a country full of people who are willing to crash the economy because they don’t like foreigners, because they hate immigrants more than they love their grandchildren and their futures. Now the young people are left with nothing to do, other than hope.
“And so as I leave you this evening, I say, ‘Walk together children. Don’t you get weary.”
Written by Saba Yasin, 17, student.
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