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    I'm under 16, would've voted remain
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    I'm 16-17, would've voted remain
    1,495
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    I'm 18+ and voted remain
    1,872
    41.10%
    I'm under 16, would've voted leave
    78
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    300
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    I voted leave as I believed (and still do) that in the long run it would be the better choice. I knew that the pound would drop but it will recover. I knew that not all of the '£350M' would go to the NHS but I imagine some of it will once we have left fully. Also, the thought of an 'EU army' is against all of my and my family's beliefs as I have got family members in the forces; even if the UK would veto it - I couldn't take the risk. I am not racist or xenophobic for voting out - I just believe that the EU is not the best place for the UK to be.

    In my opinion, the voting age of 18 is right and should not have been changed for the referendum. It is set at that age as that is when you legally become an adult and 16, also in my opinion, is too young to make these decisions. At 16, I frankly didn't care about politics but as I am now 18 my brain has developed more and now I can make more informed decisions.

    Anyway, we the country, has decided to leave the EU and we have to look to the future now. Complaining and whining is not going to change the outcome. Yes the leave campaign lied about some things but so did the remain camp.If we only look at the negatives and become depressed we will not go anywhere; if we look at the positives we can take this opportunity to become the GREAT Britain we are! If I failed a mock exam I would look at the positives of it by finding out what I know and what I need to work on to get better for the next time - if I get depressed at getting a U and don't do anything I won't improve.
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    I'm curious to know what peoples' opinions are on the petition to have another referendum - particularly people who have or would have voted remain. Personally I'd compare the petition to a child saying best two out of three when playing rock paper scissors. The UK has voted, yes some people didn't get what they wanted but that's how democracy works in this country and those who didn't get their way should just stop complaining. What's done is done.
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    (Original post by James82)
    You forgot the category for that idiot from Manchester on the BBC News: 'I'm 18+ and voted leave, but wanted to remain'.
    He has nothing on the 7% of UKIP voters that voted to remain

    7% of 4 million .. 280,000 is it? Wowser wtf
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    Guys look, everyone says how the younger generations voted remain. But at the end of the day even if 16-17 year olds did vote, there would have been leave voters. I'm 18 and voted remain, but i know that many people in my college voted leave. Just because your mates wanted to vote remain does not mean all 16'-17s would.The out come would probably have been the same. Besides, 18-24 had a very low turn out of around 38%, if you want to blame anyone- blame the people who couldn't be bothered to vote.
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    (Original post by Impressive)
    It's not like everyone would go for remain, at least minority of them would be influenced by their relatives, and that's enough to stay on the brexit side.

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    I like the implication of this. IE that not one single 16 year old would have voted for Brexit unless they had been influenced by relatives.

    Unless 16 year olds have undergone a quite incredible change since I was last well acquainted with them I would have thought that not a few of them would be inclined to vote out from just one look at Juncker.
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    (Original post by James82)
    You forgot the category for that idiot from Manchester on the BBC News: 'I'm 18+ and voted leave, but wanted to remain'.

    Yeah but 4% of people who voted remain wish they'd voted leave.



    Incidentally that guy is an idiot but not for the reason that seems to be implied by many. Rather for thinking the way he voted made any difference.

    It truly amazes me how many millions seems to think their vote matters.
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    (Original post by Betelgeuse-)
    He has nothing on the 7% of UKIP voters that voted to remain

    7% of 4 million .. 280,000 is it? Wowser wtf
    Not sure where this stat comes from, but people change there minds, over the last year 7% of kippers changed their minds, doesn't sound unreasonable to me.
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    (Original post by moggis)
    Yeah but 4% of people who voted remain wish they'd voted leave.



    Incidentally that guy is an idiot but not for the reason that seems to be implied by many. Rather for thinking the way he voted made any difference.

    It truly amazes me how many millions seems to think their vote matters.
    The ComRes poll suggests it's 1%.

    You're right to say 1 vote wouldn't have made a difference on its own, but collectively those millions of votes you don't seem to think matter obviously do.
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    (Original post by James82)
    Not sure where this stat comes from, but people change there minds, over the last year 7% of kippers changed their minds, doesn't sound unreasonable to me.
    Or they voted UKIP for other reasons

    (Original post by Betelgeuse-)
    He has nothing on the 7% of UKIP voters that voted to remain

    7% of 4 million .. 280,000 is it? Wowser wtf

    Why are you assuming 100% turnout
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    (Original post by MarleyZ)
    There was a 1.2 million gap between remain and leave in the EU referendum results however there are 1.46 million 16 and 17 year olds in the UK.

    Which way would you have voted? Do you think you could've made a difference?
    Not everyone would've voted, and some would've voted leave; so that wouldn't swing it

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Or they voted UKIP for other reasons
    Exactly, it's likely that some people voted UKIP in the GE as a protest to the main parties because they knew UKIP stood no chance in their constituency, but when it comes to an actual independence referendum had no intention of voting out of the EU.
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    (Original post by James82)
    The ComRes poll suggests it's 1%.

    You're right to say 1 vote wouldn't have made a difference on its own, but collectively those millions of votes you don't seem to think matter obviously do.
    Well personally I don't think even millions of votes matter in this case since of course not a single one of us actually knows whether we are better off out or in.
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    What's depressing is The large majority of the people who chose 18+ and remain on the poll probably didn't even vote.

    Smh, you guys suck. Now our country has voted itself into future recession.
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    (Original post by lucabrasi98)
    What's depressing is The large majority of the people who chose 18+ and remain on the poll probably didn't even vote.

    Smh, you guys suck. Now our country has voted itself into future recession.
    Recessions happen either way, Brown claimed to have ended boom bust, look how wrong he was.

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    (Original post by moggis)
    Well personally I don't think even millions of votes matter in this case since of course not a single one of us actually knows whether we are better off out or in.
    Economically you are right, but in terms of sovereignty and democracy I know we are better off out.
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    (Original post by lucabrasi98)
    What's depressing is The large majority of the people who chose 18+ and remain on the poll probably didn't even vote.

    Smh, you guys suck. Now our country has voted itself into future recession.
    It's a flawed poll, it doesn't include 'I'm 18+ a didn't vote' which would be a huge number of people
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    I was pro remain, but I mean now that we're past all the bad parts theres no point of going back. The first couple of days were the worst part.


    The people rebelling and fighting is causing uncertainty. Ultimately we made a descision, and not leaving wont change the way they see us. If anything itll make things worse. Right now everyone is looking at us to see if we're going to fail, and all this is making it look like it.


    Nationalism is a strong force. People will get off their arses to work if they know its finally out the EU.


    We have to prove them wrong. Theres no going back now. Going back will cause a lot of people to loose faith in the UK, and emphasize on the idea that our votes dont matter for ****. If scotland wants to leave, so be it, I'd rather they stay and see this through to see if we're better off before making any harsh descisions, because Im sure their ability to leave will get them a lot more power in the goverment. If they join the EU its back to no one giving a ****. They have that card now, better play it. Its ultimately up to them. Growth instead of stagnation is really what they need.

    The effects this is going to have is quite big. Its kind of similar to how recessions happen. People are told a recession might be coming soon so they start saving all their income incase they loose their jobs, which results in businesses loosing money and sacking people as no one is buying, and ultimately resulting in the person loosing their job. If you say we're going to fail, we will fail.

    This was a gamble. We could've stayed safe in the EU, or gambled the chance of growth. We've put our chips on the table. Taking them back will loose confidence from both sides, and will leave us in a group of countries who know that more than 50% of us dont want them.

    PS: Turns out the leave's soverignty argument was true. They've begun discussions of a european army now that the UK is no longer there to be against them becoming a soverign state
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    In my school 88% voted remain! I think it's unfair that we don't get a say when it affects our future, I know someone who's 18th is this July and so can't vote.
    I don't have much of an issue with the people who voted leave because they actually have a valid reason to do with the economy or whatever, my problem is the growing racists in this country who voted leave because they thought that means non white people get kicked out. My friend from Africa got asked if she was leaving the country now (!) How stupid can people get!
 
 
 
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