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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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! 

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