Brexit Generation Game: How Conflict Between Old and Young Masks Welfare Challenges

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Series Details No.2, July 2018
Publication Date July 2018
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Social Europe and its partner Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched a new series of papers on the impact of Brexit upon key aspects of UK politics and policy in May 2018.

The UK’s referendum on EU membership in 2016 split the country down the middle and social and political divisions have intensified in the past two years. Young people voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and older people to leave, prompting the young to complain the elderly had stolen their future. But the claims of an inter-generational conflict do not tell the whole story as the authors of the second Social Europe/Friedrich Ebert Foundation Brexit paper explained.

Matthew Donoghue and Mikko Kuisma get to the heart of the matter by demonstrating that the British welfare state, including the much-heralded National Health Service, was under siege because of the continuing government pursuit of austerity policies and neoliberal retrenchment of public spending. Brexit, they argued, makes an entirely new and different welfare state essential.

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