In June, 2016, Britain (though not the Scottish and Irish parts of it) voted in a referendum by a very narrow margin to leave the European Union. An extremely important aspect of this vote was that the majority was won because the over-65s voted decisively to leave while the younger generation voted to remain, meaning that the future of the nation’s young people was compromised by their elders. How can it be right that an older generation binds a younger generation to a future the younger generation does not want?
The evidence is mounting every day that the outcome of Brexit will be a Britain which is poorer, weaker, smaller, less influential, more inward-looking, more-divided – less ‘Great’ in every sense of the word. And it is already clear that in the negotiations over exit terms the EU has the upper hand. The talks will proceed along lines suggested by the EU. And Britain has already conceded that it will pay an exit bill – contrary to Britain’s Foreign Secretary’s embarrassing claim at first that Eurocrats could “go whistle” for their money. The Economist recently described ….