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The biggest lesson for Europeans from Brexit

September 23, 2018

 The biggest lesson of all for Europe to learn from Brexit is the importance of mobilising young Europeans to vote, writes BiE expert, and New Europeans CEO, Roger Casale.


It was wrong that 16-18 year olds in the UK were not enfranchised for the Brexit referendum as they had been two years earlier for the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.


However, the much bigger problem turned out to be the lack of participation by those who were entitled to vote, and in particular those aged between 18 and 25.


Young people in Britain have been hugely negatively impacted by the Brexit referendum and that is exactly what will happen in the rest of Europe if young people cannot be mobilised to vote.


Read the full article published in Euractiv here. 

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