Generation Brexit

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You’re out at a candlelit dinner. Wine is flowing, as is the conversation, and––did they just touch your leg under the table? Tinder finally pulled through for you!

It’s only a short taxi ride to their place, so why not? The mood, the timing, everything feels right. Your hand in theirs, they fumble with their keys and open the door and—ugh. An EU flag? Not again. Brexit isn’t what you wanted them to be moaning about.

We used to care about someone’s height, their cooking ability, and whether they prefer cats or dogs. Now Tinder is awash with shouts of ‘no Leavers!’. Has Brexit fundamentally changed the nature of our relationships with people — romantically or otherwise?

Tell us your stories!

-Have you ended friendships because someone opened up about open borders?
-Could you swipe right for someone who also has eyes for Jean-Claude Juncker?
-Has the Brexit vote affected your current relationship?

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Given all of the bellicose language coming from both sides of the debate ever since David Cameron called the referendum, and looking at some posts by others detailing their lack of contact with people who voted the other way, it is no wonder that some people are simply unable to comprehend why the other side voted the way it did.   Instead of political mud-flinging and a reliance on sound-bites, it seems sensible that there be an emphasis on bringing people who voted in opposite ways...

Nicholas Wyatt
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During Freshers, some new friends and I were talking about politics (because, y'know, we're at the LSE, and that's pretty much all we talk about...). During the conversation, my closest friend at the time and I mentioned how we were both staunch Remain-ers, and that we didn't know any friends who'd voted to Leave. At this point, one of the people at the table shifted uncomfortably in her seat. 'Uh... I did...,' she said, not catching our eyes. 'It was for economic reasons though...'. My...

Bex
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Before Brexit I can't say that I thought my friends were politically inclined but suddenly there was a huge diversity of opinion and heated debates amongst our friendship group. I guess Brexit being the first politically significant event we could participate in was exciting, but it became apparent to me how emotive politics can become. Leavers were smug, as if they have been enlightened as part of a higher cause, whereas Remainers were aggressive and refused to hear out the other side.  I...

IP
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I remember just a week following the Brexit vote I was going on a road-trip around the UK with a close friend. Myself being British Pakistani and my friend being British English, both of us born and bred in London, I hadn't even considered the possibility of feeling uncomfortable in my own country...boy I was wrong! Our route took us through Wales, going from South to North. Starting in Cardiff, things felt very familiar. With such a high foreign population, people seemed to be saddened...

Ray A
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Since the Brexit vote, I have not cut ties with any friends, though a couple did decide to cut ties with me. As adamant Brexiteers, they didn't want to hear my remain spiel all the time. Now at uni, I notice a new trend emerging, not necessarily excluding those who voted differently from you but deliberately avoiding the topic. Amongst my friends, it is very obvious that we all steer clear of the topic if we know there are differing opinions. This is both a good and a bad thing. Whilst, on...

Tess Farmer
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Tess Farmer

As someone too young to vote in the referendum but who was very invested in the outcome, I constantly got told that I didn't not have any right to care about the result because I was too young to truly understand the implications by many older relatives. I therefore feel there should be a way for young people to come together to discuss their thoughts and views on the negotiations so at least although they couldn't decide the result of the referendum they can have an impact on what the...

Erin Burns
by Erin Burns
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Erin Burns

I've never thought I'd ever be the type of person who'd let politics affect my friendships or relationships. That is.. until, Brexit happened. Being the so-called 'immigrant' that is 'stealing' jobs from the local Brits here in London, I'm directly affected by such a policy. Although I'm not from the EU, antangonism towards immigrants is very much associated with the desire for Brexit. As a result, those who support Brexit are essentially against immigrants being in the country, and thus a...

Sarah Jabir
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Sarah Jabir

For me, Brexit revealed underlying tensions between the young and the old. I voted remain in an area where young people are a minority. Although I would not even bring up the referendum, I found the attitude towards young people concerning. Despite studying politics at degree level, as well as being involved in youth activism on a national scale, I was still considered “naive” and not knowing “what the real world is like”. The troubling stereotype of young people only caring about getting...

Georgina Hands
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Georgina Hands

During the voting time of Brexit, I was in sixth form and it was a big topic of discussion. In the area that I am from, the consensus was heavily remain. In fact, it was seen as almost satanic if you voted leave. The vote for Brexit came, and we all voted. At school the next day, we were all discussing our voting experience and all synonymously agreed that we voted remain. However, a few months later, I found out that my best friend had voted leave but had been lying to us the whole time...

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Despite constantly being told by the news that young people are disillusioned with politics, I believe that an opposing political view still has the ability to ruin a relationship. Whether this be romantic, plutonic, old or new, the conversation is the same: Do you support Brexit? Why? Where are your facts? Where did you read that?  Unfortunately for some (or many), the conversation does not end there. Brexit has become wider than a topic of political debate. It has become something where...

Paige Wilson
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