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Young people are making a ‘parallel universe’ a reality

Statisticians had suggested that young voter numbers would need to dramatically increase to influence the balance of power – but the general election shows that shift is not as improbable as it once seemed

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I’ve yet to meet a young person who thinks that Brexit is a good idea. Now I’m aware I might not be typical; I have a degree and live in a middle-class area. My father was a Jamaican immigrant; my mother the daughter of an Irish immigrant. I’m principal of an FE college serving a part of London that recorded one of the highest Remain votes of the EU referendum.

But surely the support for Remain shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who works with young people. My students, like most young people I know, are instinctively international in outlook, used to the idea of being able to go anywhere in ...

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