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Older people 'vilified' over Brexit vote

By Adrian Rutherford

More than half of older people in Northern Ireland say they feel vilified over the vote for Brexit.

Some 52% of respondents to a survey believe elderly people have been blamed for the referendum result, following the publication of older vs younger voting patterns.

Three out of four pensioners are also concerned about what Brexit will mean, with seven out of 10 worried over freedom of movement across the border.

The details emerge in a report by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

Its findings will be discussed at the parliament, organised by older people's charity Age Sector Platform, which continues in Belfast today.

Ivan Baxter from Age Sector Platform said: "The older generation in Northern Ireland have lived long enough to remember custom checks on the border and it's not a situation to which we would like to return.

"Regardless of how older people voted in the referendum, it is clear from our research that maintaining a soft border and protecting cross border free travel for over 65s is very important to the vast majority of older people here."

"Over the last year there has been a great deal of the political and media commentary blaming the older generation for the Brexit vote.

"Our research has revealed that half of older people here feel vilified, despite the fact that nine out of 10 considered the impact the result would have on younger generations when voting."

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