Older people hit by Brexit backlash

Beth Britton challenges those who are using Brexit as an excuse for ageism
Older person going to vote

As commentators have begun to unpick the voting patterns of the UK electorate following the European Union referendum, in some quarters an ageist viewpoint has been adopted to explain why the UK voted to leave.

Older people are being wrongly blamed for Brexit. Picture: Getty

I expected this as a campaigner against ageism: older people are wrongly blamed for many different issues in society. But that doesn't make this latest onslaught any less unjustified in its foundations or appalling in its articulation. If an older person is from a minority ethnic community, he or she may well be feeling attacked by more than one element of society.

The UK I know and love is not an intolerant country. Everyone aged 18 or over had a vote and an equal chance of contributing to the outcome of the referendum. Blaming older people for somehow 'stealing' the futures of the


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