Stories The EU and You St Cecelia's College Headliners work experience student Rebecca McGuinness-Foulkes gets the reaction to the referendum result from the people of Derry/Londonderry. Ronnie (20) It is a bummer that young people in the UK have basically lost their right to live and work in 27 other countries. I mean, a lot of them are going for Irish passports.Other than that nothing like this has ever happened before within the European Union and so we cant really predict what the results will be. I mean it could start a golden age of prosperity; we could perhaps get more jobs or whatever. On the other hand however it could cause a recession; we just don’t know. Some good could come out of it. On the one hand it would have been good for young people under the age of 18 to have been given the chance to vote. Everyone is saying that it’s their future too and they should have a say in that. But on the other hand a lot of young people under the age of 16 maybe aren’t paying enough attention to it and so they might have voted leave based on the fact that they didn’t think it would happen, even if they had preferred to remain. So, while it may have been a good thing and it may have changed the result, young people would have to be a lot more interested in politics in general which they don’t seem to be. Connor (21) I’m very anxious about it but I voted leave. I kind of expected all of this to happen. I did a lot of research on the subject before I actually did that and I tried to keep an impartial view, there was a lot of fear mongering and propaganda, and I just kind of made my choice out of what I felt was right. Yes I feel that under 18’s should have been allowed to vote because at 16 I feel you get a national identity and I think that is basically when I think you should be allowed to vote as that seems fair enough to me as a democratic thing. Simon (19) To be honest I don’t have an interest in politics, I don’t see how it’s going to make a difference to our lives. Politics is never brought up, or put into perspective for us in terms of what it’s actually going to do and how it will affect us. When you go to school politics is the least chosen subject for an A-Level. Subjects such as English or P.E are preferred because they are more interesting. Politics is not interesting to many young people. John (69) At the moment a lot of young people work in Spain, and in recent years in Germany and Holland, and so I would think that if it makes travel into the European Union more difficult it would relatively make the job market more restricted. I would say no, I do not believe under 18’s should have been given the chance to vote as I think that that you would need to have lived a bit more. I think that under 18 is far too young to be making decisions which are seen as life changing, and that will affect your life; for the rest of your life. So, I’d say give them a few more years and then let them have a vote.