Survey finds young people do not understand Article 50

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9th November 2016 16:45 - Central Government

Survey finds young people do not understand Article 50: A recent survey has revealed that more than 25 per cent of young adults in the United Kingdom have little or no understanding of Brexit and the impact it will have on the country.Survey finds young people do not understand Article 50

More than four months following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, two in five people aged between 18 and 24 were not able to correctly sum up what Article 50 is.

In recent weeks, the topic of how the UK Government will trigger Article 50 and begin to formally exit from the European Union has been heavily covered in the news.

The survey of 2,000 individuals of all ages also revealed that the older generations had a better knowledge of Brexit.

Across all of the age groups, 53 per cent of British people were not able to identify Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who ultimately is who will have to lead the United Kingdom through the economic uncertainty of leaving the European Union. Of the respondents, one fifth believed that George Osborne was still the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Of the 10 current affairs topics which British people admitted to knowing little about Brexit was ranked as one of the top.

The survey was commissioned by The Week Junior, which is a children’s news magazine which produced a series of videos narrated by 10 year olds to help them ‘get their heads around’ some of the most difficult topics.

The research revealed that the children in the youngest age range performed the worst. This was most apparent when discussing the topic of Brexit.

Of those aged 55 and above, more than 90 per cent said that they knew what Article 50 is and a further 82 per cent of this age range said that they were confident about their knowledge of Brexit in general.

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