Ribble Valley MP speaks out in defence of older generation as they are slated for “letting UK down” in EU referendum

Nigel Evans
Nigel Evans

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has spoken out in defence of the older generation who have been attacked for “letting their country down” by voting to leave the EU.

Those aged 45-54 voted 56% in favour of leaving, those in the 55-64 age category voted 57% in favour of leaving and 65 plus voted 60% in favour of leaving. This contrasted with younger voters who voted mostly to stay in the EU.

Speakng in the House of Commons this week Mr Evans said: “There is a group of people who are hurting since the result of Thursday’s referendum - the elderly.

“They have been told time and time again that they have let down Britain and the youth of this country.

“It is highly unpleasant for old people to hear that they are not valued, that their vote should not be counted to the same degree as young people.

“To suggest that one group should have more weight behind their opinion than another flies in the face of the principles of democracy.

“Senior citizens have worked all their lives, paid their tax, some even fought for this country.

“They have a wealth of life experience. The idea that these people shouldn’t have a say is fanciful and it is

incredibly demeaning to a great number of people.”

Calls for a second referendum on EU membership have been dismissed by the Prime Minister stating it was not remotely on the cards.