Generation Brexit

Have you ended friendships because someone opened up about open borders?

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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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Nicholas Wyatt

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
by Tess Farmer
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Tess Farmer

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

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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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
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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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