**In Brexit Britain, the Ins and Outs are strangers to each other
The generation gap is just one of the divides apparent in the results
“Is it worth risking the next generation’s future?” asked George Fuller, a politically engaged 17-year-old from south-east London and thus too young to vote on Thursday. “It is an awful decision.”
Young people flooded on to social media on Friday to express their outrage as it emerged that while the young had voted overwhelmingly to Remain, the final tally was swayed by more Eurosceptic older voters**. Polling by the Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft after the ballot closed on Thursday showed that 73 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds had voted Remain, compared to just 40 per cent of those over 65.
“Older generations have benefited from being a member of the EU and they’re taking that away from us” said Claudia Gordon, a 21-year-old Londoner studying at Edinburgh University. “For us, part of our identity was belonging to the EU … we now feel isolated from a community we felt part of.”
“We know what we wanted and they’ve took it from us,” tweeted Reece Waterfield, a young Remainer.
The generational difference was only one of the divides apparent in the results. The young, the better educated and people living in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to Remain; older people, the less highly educated and those outside the largest cities in England voted Out, and in the end they had the numbers to prevail**.
The difference between residents of the capital and much of the rest of England was particularly stark. Sixty per cent of voters in London opted to Remain; across the rest of England it was just 45 per cent.
Across the UK, many people who voted Leave knew virtually no one who was voting Remain and vice versa. As a result, many Remain voters were shocked as the results emerged on Friday morning…
It was a similar story in the north of England. “I thought everyone was going to vote In,” said Liz Murphy, who lives in Colne in Lancashire, an area where 55 per cent voted Leave. “Most people I know wanted to remain.”
Newcastle, which has two large city-centre universities, just about recorded a Remain vote, with 50.3 per cent of votes cast but the rest of the north-east was for Leave. Among students in Newcastle voting for Remain was Anne Murray, 21, who has just finished a politics and economics degree. All the Newcastle University students she knew had voted Remain too, she said. “I’m very disappointed at the outcome.”