One of Britain’s senior politicians, Sir Vince Cable has said that older people who voted for Brexit “comprehensively shafted the young.”
In the article he wrote in The Mail on Sunday, the senior Liberal Democrat politician accused the over 65’s of being “self -declared martyrs” who claim leaving the EU is worth the cost.
“The martyrdom of the old comes cheap, as seniors have fewer jobs to lose and living standards are protected by the triple lock on pensions.”
“The old have comprehensively shafted the young and the old have the last word about Brexit, imposing a world view coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past on a younger generation much more comfortable with modern Europe.”
Mr Cable also warned that describing such” masochism” as martyrdom was “dangerous.” “We haven’t yet heard about Brexit jihadis but there is an undercurrent of violence in the language which is troubling.”
Mr Cable quoted statistics that 64% of over 65s voted for Brexit compared with 71% of under 25s who voted to Remain. He added that he was struck by the heavily Remain sentiment in colleges and schools, and the heavily Brexit mood of church hall meetings packed with retired people during the referendum campaign.
“Young people have added problems of prohibitive housing costs, growing job insecurity and limited career progression,” he said.
Brexit is likely to become the most divisive issue in modern Britain and pundits say it will have an effect on the lives of ordinary people financially and also culturally. The Government is now trying to forge ties with the Commonwealth nations and also to forge ties with Japan, China as the new trade partners.
A deal between Britain and the EU is yet to be reached but Theresa May and the UK Brexit negotiators are reluctant to pay the divorce bill and are planning to cut and run without paying the exit bill which will lead to what pundits have described as a “hard Brexit.”
The British government has complained of the divorce bill being too high and that’s why the negotiations are stalling. The EU “divorce bill” is roughly £50 billion but the UK government wants to pay no more than £36 billion.