how young people could help us stay in the eu

18-24 year olds are twice as likely to not vote in the upcoming referendum, but more likely to vote to stay in.

by Felix Petty
24 May 2016, 10:52am

The deadline to register to have a say in the future of the UK in Europe is looming, 7 June being the last day to get yourself on the electoral register for the referendum on 23rd. Worryingly around 30 per cent of people aged 18-24, those of us who will have to live with the decision to leave or remain for the rest of our lives, are not registered to vote. Even more worryingly though, is the fact that we are less likely to vote than other, older age groups as well, with only 54 per cent of us visiting the ballot box at May's general election.

The government have made matters worse, switching to something called Individual Electoral Registration in June of this year, meaning many people will have dropped off the electoral register without realising. Especially as issues like housing and studying mean those of us aged 18-24 are likely to move around more frequently, meaning we'll be less likely to still be on the register.

The debate so far has mainly centred on the squabbles between Boris Johnson and David Cameron in the Tory Party, but the impact of leaving the EU will affect us all, not just the petty rivalry of old politicians.

Older people are significantly more likely to want to leave the EU, whilst the younger you are, the more likely you are to want to stay in, with those people also being less likely to vote, this creates a perfect storm that means the old could be deciding our future..

And, as Wolfgang Tillmans put it on one of his posters: "If people like Rupert Murdoch, Nigel Farage, George Galloway, Nick Griffin and Marine LePen want Britain to leave the EU, where does that put you?"

So, register to vote, and have your say.


Text Felix Petty
Image via Wolfgang Tillmans

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