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As the Referendum looms closer 64% students worry about what will happen if we leave Europe

People across the UK are discussing the EU referendum and whether or not to vote to stay in the EU or vote to leave, it’s quite a hot topic at the moment and research suggests that students at university are quite troubled about the effects of a Brexit, with 64% stating that they have concerns about travel and opportunities around Europe if we left. Also 48% feel neither campaign has given a clear answer as to how a Brexit will affect daily life which has left a lot feeling like their generation has been overlooked by both the In and Out campaign.

On 23rd June 2016 voters in the UK will be heading to the polls to vote to either stay in the EU or leave, there have been plenty of sound bites and frightening statistics from both campaigns, however those still at university are saying that neither campaign has given them a clear picture or the effects of a Brexit.

Online voucher code website My Voucher Codes surveyed over 2,000 university students in the UK, they asked them: “How have you found the campaigns to stay or leave the EU?” The majority, (48%) felt that neither side of the campaign has given a clear answer on questions asked in the run up to the referendum. Furthermore 38% stated that there has not been enough information from either campaign on key issues and 20% feel that neither campaign cares about the views of the younger generation nor engage with them. Also 18% said that none of the arguments from either campaign are thought out. The students said:

“Both campaigns seem inherently biased and it’s difficult to access impartial views”
“There has been a lot of scaremongering however there has been no clear statistics as to
what will happen with both sides using ambiguous stats to support their own argument”
“Mudslinging campaigns that feel designed to discredit the other rather than reinforce their
own argument although the in campaign feels more credible”

Finding out more, the voucher code website asked the students: What worries you if the UK was to vote to leave the EU?” The majority of students (64%) were most concerned about travel around Europe becoming harder, the top 10 results showed:
1. Harder to travel around Europe – 64%
2. Harder to gain work in Europe – 49%
3. Effect on employment after university – 46%
4. Loss of funding for education from EU grants – 45%
5. Making it harder to study in Europe – 41%
6. Rises in interest rates of loans – 38%
7. Harder for collaborations between UK and European universities – 28%
8. Those from Europe facing higher fees to study in the UK – 17%
9. Issues for EU nationals currently studying in UK – 15%
10. Less protection for workers’ rights – 13%

Speaking about the study, General Manager of My Voucher Codes, Chris Reilly said:

“There are a number of key areas that students, currently studying at university, feel like they either have not been given enough information on the referendum or else been misinformed on it. Its deeply worrying that a large section of the electorate feel this way especially when it is them and future generations that will be most affected by the results. “

He added:

“It seems that both the ‘In’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns would rather push scare stories out than actually work on rational facts and seem to be in a game of mudsling with each other with personal attacks. No one appears to be taking the time to talk to and engage this group of voters. As we can see from our study, concerns from students have not been properly answered, and we can understand why they have felt frustrated with this process and worry about what the future holds, for them and every other person in the UK.”