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Study reveals young people fear for post-Brexit future
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Study reveals young people fear for post-Brexit future

14/09/17Government

More than two thirds of young people in the UK have an “international outlook”, fearing for their prospects as the UK leaves the EU, a report has revealed.

Ipsos Mori gave questions to a representative group of nearly 2,000 18-30-year-olds. The study was conducted on behalf of cross-party think thank Demos, for the British Council.

Young people said that they feel “overburdened” by both responsibility and “multiple barriers”, the report highlighted.

The report is part of the British Council’s Next Generation series, studying young people in countries which are due to face pivotal change – others include reports centred upon Bangladesh, Ukraine, Colombia, Turkey and South Africa.

Many of those interviewed said that they were “angry and emotional” following the Brexit referendum; however, the report adds that 69% of the young people who voted were in favour of remaining, despite a figure of around a half neglecting to vote.

Of those polled, six in ten said that they would vote to remain if a further referendum was hosted.

The report added: “While there are certainly those who see leaving the EU as a great opportunity, many participants in our focus groups were worried about impacts on their lives, prospects and future plans, including constraining opportunities to work and study in other countries.

“Furthermore there was some concern that internationally the UK will be seen as a country looking inwards at a time when global co-operation has never been more important.”

Moreover, the report found divisions along socioeconomic, educational and regional lines, with young people from poorer families who had lower educational attainment, and parents without degrees, less likely to be positive about globalisation, or to have an international outlook.

Pan European Networks Ltd