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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The problem with Brexit is that it is just not what we Dane's call 'hygge' (cosy).  You wouldn't want to cuddle up to it on a cold winter's night. But then I guess that is the point. Brexit means Britain goes its own way. I am not swiping right for Brexit. But there is always a warm place around my fire for anyone that decides to Remain (even if they originally voted out).

Tobias Jacobsen
by Tobias Jacobsen
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Tobias Jacobsen
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The results of Brexit were totally unexpected overseas and after this much-talked about referendum people's views on Britons have significantly changed. Internationally Brexit is seen as a will to escape from the global debate and to let others face major issues such as immigration. Essentially Brexit is seen as a major isolationist movement. Europeans in particular seem to be rejected by Nigel Farage backers and not welcomed in the UK any more. Therefore Britons are starting to get their...

Pol Salvat
by Pol Salvat
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Pol Salvat

As it happens on social media, where we all limited in our own happy bubbles with friends having similar opinions, so I happen not to have many friends who voted 'leave'. Yet, I do know people who voted 'leave' at my University and they were very open and vocal about it. Although we have very different opinions on the subject, we had talked about Brexit and the European Union and we have not stop speaking to each other just because of Brexit. I think that as long as there is respect there is...

Valeria Vigilante
by Valeria Vigilante
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Valeria Vigilante

No matter what your view is on Brexit, it is important to listen to and respect the opinions of other people. As Brexit and the election of Trump showed, by not listening to one another unexpected political results are more likely to occur.  Too many leave voters are unwilling to listen to those who believe in EU membership and just brand them as ‘remoaners’, whilst many leave voters are wrongly branded as racist by remainers. Rather than being ignorant, we should listen and try to...

Ellie Couchman
by Ellie Couchman
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Ellie Couchman

I've seen relationships affected by the vote. I think it was natural in a way, it was a vote which directly impacted peoples lives and people on both became passionately involved. I understand why people became upset. That being said, a year down the line, feelings have cooled. A little time has brought a bit more perspective. At the end of the day, politics is politics and life is life. Most good friendships can last longer than political squabbles.  

Isabel Flanagan
by Isabel Flanagan
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Isabel Flanagan
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No, ending genuine friendships over Brexit seems a bit extreme, but at the same time as an EU national who wants to make a life in the UK, I can't help but take it a bit  personal, and maybe reassess the kind of friendship I'm in. Now if this was a romantic partner things would look a bit different, and offence would very much be taken! 

Sofia Munoz Gonzalez
by Sofia Munoz Gonzalez
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I've found that telling potential suitors that my interest in sustainable fisheries was a reason for voting Leave is more of a turn-off than the Leave vote itself. And that's quite understandable – fish aren't the sexiest of topics.  My (of course incredibly active) love life since the referendum hasn't been consumed too much by referendum rematches. As it happens, I've only dated Remainers. The key to making it work is being open-minded and enjoying a bit of friendly debate – though I do...

Liam Robson
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