Decades of chaos have been unleashed by a generation of voters that barely possesses the digital literacy to use a USB stick.
By Lauren Razavi
Lauren Razavi is a feature writer specializing in business, technology and innovation stories. She lives in Norwich, England.
Mixed reactions to Brexit from Brits overseas
British travelers in a Paris train station have mixed reactions to the outcome of the historic referendum back home to leave the European Union. (Reuters)
Today has been a day of bitterness, resentment and betrayal for British millennials like me. Overnight, my generation has lost the right to call ourselves Europeans, as well as the right to live, love and work in the 27 other countries of the European Union. Among the many divisions the referendum has revealed in the U.K., the chasm between generations is becoming the most pronounced. While the Leave campaign achieved a two-point victory in the referendum, 75 percent of voters between 18 and 24 wanted to remain.
For all intents and purposes, the referendum result is just the latest in a series of attacks on my generation’s future. First came the financial crisis, caused by poor decision-making on the part of baby boomers across the world. Soon after came austerity measures that disproportionately affected young people in favor of protecting British pensions. Now we are being forced from the European Union — against the wishes of the vast majority of young people — in an attack from a generation that will live to see very little of its consequences.