“It’s not my Union Jack anymore” - British students lament Brexit

Left behind? A young person reflects on the EU referendum result

“It’s not my Union Jack anymore” - British students lament Brexit

Student Jack Lennard voted to remain in the EU

In spite of the clear decision by the British electorate to back Brexit, several post-result marches have been arranged after the result.

Many of those demonstrating have been younger voters, who voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. On Saturday, demonstrators at the March for Europe rally held placards saying "Bremain" and "We Love EU".

According to one poll, the remain side may have edged ahead if 16- and 17-year-olds had been allowed vote (as had been the case in the Scottish independence referendum).

Some 75% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted to stay in the EU, meaning the leave result was largely swung by the over-60s demographic. 

One young person who supported the remain campaign was Jack Lennard, a recent anthropology graduate of Oxford University who is now studying for a master's degree.

He told me he and many other members of his generation were angered by the "selfish" decision of older voters.

"[Students] are saying: 'I'm ashamed to be British. This is not the country I recognise. These are not the people I recognise as my compatriots.' 

"Symbols such as the Union Jack and nationalism in general have been appropriated by parties that don't speak for me or the United Kingdom.

"They speak for their own ends, and their own very dangerous ideas about what needs to change in the political system."

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