It has been revealed that different generations are prepared to sell each other out over Brexit.
Research carried out by YouGov revealed that people are so conflicted over the referendum that one in four younger Remain voters would prefer pensions to be cut in order to stop Brexit, while one in four older Leave voters are willing to agree with reduced wages for younger generations in order to ensure Brexit happens.
Chuka Umunna, chair of The Challenge on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) a social mobility charity who commissioned the research said: “The way that different generations relate to one another has significant consequences for our politics, wellbeing and shared future.
“We are more divided by age today than at any other time in modern history, with Brexit a defining issue of the gap between generations, and [we] must urgently find a way of healing the divisions.”
The research also revealed that 62% of over-65s think that Brexit was the right decision for the UK, whereas only 19% of 18-24-year-olds think the opposite. In addition to this, 39% of older people thought the UK should leave right away compared to 8% of younger generations.
It was also revealed that almost three-quarters of young people who voted Remain believe older people who voted leave are prejudice, whereas almost three-quarters of older leave voters believe young people are unwilling to work hard.
The APPG have launched further research into intergenerational connection which aims to examine how different generations relate to one another in today’s Britain, and how society is affected when different generations do not mix.
The research hopes to identify solutions for the growing divide between generations.
Some shared views were revealed however, with both young and old believing that pensions and disability payments are amongst the priorities within the welfare budget.
Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford and APPG member said: “While there are undeniably gaps in understanding, and divides between our generations, we can take heart in the news that generations also have many shared beliefs and opinions.
“Much good work is already going on to address these issues – I hope the work of the APPG can build on these solid foundations.”