13 Things It’s Not OK To Say To a Young Person Who Voted Remain In The EU Ref
If you’re a young Remain supporter, you’ve definitely heard some variation of these over the past few days 😴😴😴
1. “The people have spoken. Leave won.”
Actually, 48% of “the people” disagree – as do all the people who now regret voting leave.
2. “Get over it”.
No. It only happened a couple of days ago and it changes literally everything. Our futures, the opportunities available to us, it will never be the same again.
3. “Stop whining about it you sore loser.”
Like you wouldn’t be if you lost.
4. “Okay it’s time to shut up about it now.”
Democracy doesn’t begin and end at the ballot box. If we want to express our grievances on Facebook and Twitter, we will. And we will do our best to hold you and the Leave campaign accountable for everything that follows.
5. “You can’t have a second referendum just because you lost.”
Erm, one second…
6. “Suddenly everyone is a Facebook politician”.
So your friend who you’ve never known to express an opinion about politics before is suddenly loudly broadcasting their views about Brexit on your newsfeed? Good. Don’t we want more young people engaged with politics, and importantly, voting?
7. “Stop blaming old people. Get some respect.”
We’re young, we’ve always been told to get more involved in politics, so we did. And we were still ignored. We’re angry and disappointed that our futures are being dictated for us yet again by the older generations.
8. “We need to band together to make this work.”
LOL. You just voted to leave the biggest union in the world, and now you’re saying it’s a time for unity?
9. “Nobody knows what will happen yet!”
OMG EXACTLY. You’ve threatened the economic security of this country, for what? You don’t even know.
10. “Not everyone who voted to leave is racist.”
Nope, but look at all the reports of racism that have emerged since Leave won. Your victory has caused this.
11. “We won fair and square.”
Neither side was perfect, the campaigning was in many ways a mess. But the Leave campaign promised £350m to the NHS every week and have since gone back on it. You were lied to, and need to own up to that.
12. “We voted for change – to take back control from the elite.”
13. “Project fear lives on. It’s not that bad!”
If you voted to Leave, maybe you did so because you felt the EU was undemocratic or that we were wasting a lot of money being part of it. But since Brexit there have been reports of a rise in xenophobia, the £ has fallen, David Cameron has resigned and so have members of Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. It’s fair to say that this vote to leave has thrown our country into chaos.