Stories What about our EU? Brexit reactions from the teenagers of Foyle ranged from shock to disgust to panic about their own futures. Foyle was one of the top five most resounding 'remain' constituencies in the UK referendum. Shannon said of the result: “I am very angry about the whole thing. For a start I didn’t want any Brexit and now that they have voted for it, it turns out no one really has a clue what it means or what to do next. “It has been a constant conversation since the vote but yet no one seems to know anything. Nothing is clearer. The reason that I am so angry now is that young people won’t be able to go live in other countries without a lot of hassle. It has reduced opportunities not increased them. “I am also disappointed that the future is so uncertain now. I would have voted to remain and I think anyone aged 16 or older should have been given the right to vote. I would have loved to have voted, to be part of the debate rather than having to listen to it for weeks and weeks.” It is all just a mess Gerry Doherty said: “I won’t have as much finance to live on in the next four years. I have to work and save to go to university but the falling exchange rates will undermine all my efforts. “I am, and always, had planned to study the Irish Language in Dublin. When I go there in September I will have much less money to live on as a result of the Brexit. The falling exchange rates and the decrease in the value of Sterling mean I will literally have much less money in my pocket. “If I study to Masters level as I had planned I’ll likely be in debt by an additional £12, 000. This means paying back between £60,000 to £70,000 over four years of my course. Therefore I’ll be paying back my student loads over maybe 30 instead of 15 or 20 years. “If that is not enough to deter people from studying in the Republic or at all I don’t know what would be,” concluded Gerry. “It ruins my own university plans,” said Joshua Ho. “I am entitled to a UK passport but not an Irish one. I had planned to travel to Dublin after school in order to study engineering at undergraduate, then PHd level. I don’t think that will be possible now following this election result.” It hasn’t only been the limiting of opportunities which has irked the teenagers. Some are annoyed at what they perceive as the lack of integrity in the debate. Daniel was certainly annoyed at the: “Complete audacity of the leave campaigners, especially those such as Farage. Their claims, false claims, sickened me. Before the vote Farage was saying money or payments redirected from the EU would go to the NHS. The votes had barely been counted and Farage said that this will not happen. Therefore it was a blatant lie. Worse it was using sick people as electioneering. “There should be stricter controls, or at least fact checks on what politicians say. There were too many lies in the run in to the referendum.” The question of Irish unity has also been raised in wake of Brexit. The group, who all live within ten miles of what would be the UKs only land border with the EU - that is, the county line between Derry, Northern Ireland and Donegal in the Republic, discussed the issue. A majority did agree that the matter was of importance to them, however the disagreed just how important the issue would be in the coming months. Beth suggested: “I have no interest in a united Ireland but it is hard to argue that the debate has become much more relevant now.” Neil thought: “It is much more relevant, if not more pressing now. The issue is much more prominent following Brexit, The majority of people on this island wish to remain as part of the EU. That has to be respected.” Daniel added: “My issue is that if Northern Ireland left the U.K. healthcare would become a massive issue. There is no right to free health care in the Republic of Ireland, so anyone being treated for any condition would be less inclined to vote in a united Ireland poll.” James added: “There are still many economic reasons used to oppose a united Ireland. These arguments may be undermined with a UK exit of the EU. In fact I would say many of those reasons are now null and void after the UK economy tanked as a consequence of Brexit.” “The economy has always been divided between North and South but as standards of living, or access to Europe changes, it could lead to heightened tensions, the fear of ‘the troubles’ starting again is all too real as Nationalism in all its shades, veers toward the extreme,” he mused. Caleb suggested: “I think there are new voices calling for a united Ireland; certainly hostility to it has decreased. “Sinn Fein are calling for a border poll as a consequence of the result, which is not news in itself. However many people will reconsider their opinion as a result of the UK being in recession if not downright shambles.” An interesting result of Brexit is the increased demand for Irish passports, particularly from those living in Northern Ireland. Google reported that the phrase ‘how do I get an Irish passport?’ was one of the most popular searches in the hours after the result was announced. Even formerly hard-line Unionist politicians were suggesting those in Northern Ireland eligible for an Irish passport should avail of such. Ian Paisley Jr, whose firebrand father was a long term opponent of Southern interest in Northern affairs, recommended his constituents apply to become citizens of the Republic. Neil said: “Having an Irish passport makes you Irish. It is deciding nationality. You are making a decision on nationality when making a passport application. Holding an Irish passport is to hold a European passport.” The right of those in the North to apply for Irish citizenship is enshrined in the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The danger is that any Brexit will seek to undermine that. “To take away a section of the community’s ‘right to be Irish’ is to play with fire in Northern Ireland,” said Neil. “I hope that doesn’t come to it as out problems will only be starting then. “Well,” asked Neil, “does that mean that there will be citizens of the EU entitled to free travel arrangements in at least one part of the UK? None of it makes sense. There is no clear position, no clear message from anyone on what happens next, either to the UK, to EU citizens living in the UK, to UK citizens living in the EU, to business based in the UK but who trade with the EU. "It is all just a mess,” he concluded. This article was produced by CalebGriffin, Beth McKinney, Neil Cadieux, Kasey Hayes, Gerard Doherty, James Dalzell, Hannah Partridge and Daniel McCafferty. It was produced as part of Headliners 'Voices for Change' programme.