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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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
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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
by 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
by 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...

Hannahh
by Hannahh
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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
by Paige Wilson
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Paige Wilson

I strongly believe that people are entitled to their own opinions, however, I believe that people should provide logical reasoning and facts and be ready to critically defend these views, rather than allowed to resort to the cop out that "it's just my opinion". I often found in many of the discussions with my friends about Brexit, that those who voted leave were very loud and very vocal in their opinions but could not critically defend their views or the facts they delivered. What frustrated...

Dan Thompson
by Dan Thompson
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Dan Thompson

I get that this may sound out of place and my interpretation of the question is not quite straight-forward, but I believe that relationships do not only include the romantic ones. I want to be talking about the how I viewed my professors once I found out their referendum preference.  Coming from an EU country, being quite supportive of the EU project myself and coming to the country which had recently voted to leave EU in order to start my university studies, I was a bit scared that I'd...

Michal Neusch
by Michal Neusch
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Michal Neusch
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Picture this... You're Soho way. It's late, but not irresponsibly so for a school night. The composition of the evening's posse is deliciously cosmopolitan: two Brits, a German and a manciata (handful) of Italians. This is standard stuff for you; an international baller floating competently (at least in your own head) through an LSE undergraduate degree. You've brought along a friend from the West Country. That's right, you're keeping it grounded. Conversation is light and polite,...

Liam Travers
by Liam Travers
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Liam Travers
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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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