Person

Everyone is sharing this mournful Brexit comment from the FT comments section

Posted by in news
              
26809-1vnhuvd.jpg
Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The world is still coming to terms with what the UK's EU referendum result is going to mean.

No one's dealing with it very well, we should add.

At home, the 52 per cent victory for Leave has managed to polarise the country even further, with particular fault lines along generational divides.

Many in the UK are mourning the perceived loss of an internationalist, cooperative outlook as part of the EU.

Some initial sad thoughts by a 'Nicholas' in the comments section of a Financial Times story managed to articulate what lots of people were feeling in the early hours of this morning.

His post struck a chord with the young and angry across the country especially: a screenshot was uploaded to Twitter, where it has been shared hundreds of thousands of times since.

The author, Nicolas Barrett, came forward on Friday morning, reposting his insightful comments on his blog:

A quick note on the first three tragedies of the British vote to leave the EU. I wrote this on Facebook in the small hours in the wake of the result and it went slightly viral so I thought I would share it here.

Firstly, it was the working classes who voted for us to leave because they were economically disregarded and it is they who will suffer the most in the short term from the dearth of jobs and investment. They have merely swapped one distant and unreachable elite for another one.

Secondly, the younger generation has lost the right to live and work in 27 other countries. We will never know the full extent of the lost opportunities, friendships, marriages and experiences we will be denied. Freedom of movement was taken away by our parents, uncles, and grandparents in a parting blow to a generation that was already drowning in the debts of our predecessors.

Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were as useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel. When Michael Gove said ‘the British people are sick of experts’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has lead to anything other than bigotry.

Oh, and one other thing. It looks as if the UK will now lose Northern Ireland and Scotland, both of which voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. When the Financial Times endorsed the Conservative party in the 2015 election the headline was 'The compelling case for continuity in Britain'.

Read more by Barrett here.


More: 8 of the most misleading promises of the Leave campaign, ranked in order of preposterousness

More: How old people have screwed over the younger generation - in three charts

Keep scrolling for next article