The Suffradeads; voting rights for dead people.
(Warning 1 – contains arithmetic and arithmetic puns)
(Warning 2 – not funny)
The EU referendum was held in the UK on 23rd June 2016.
The date on which the UK is set to leave the EU is 29th March 2019.
144 l_o_n_g weeks after the referendum.
A gross length of time in so many ways.
On 23rd June 2016, 17,410,742 people voted to leave the EU.
16,141,241 voted to remain in the EU
A majority of 1,269,501.
It’s a cheerful fact that an average of 12,000 people a week die in the UK, of whom approximately 10,000 are over 65.
That means that roughly 1,440,000 over 65s who were able to vote on 23rd June 2016 will be dead by 29th March 2019. (Sorry, friends).
64% of over 65s voted leave. So, that’s potentially 921600 dead Brexit voters between the referendum and the exit.
At the time of the referendum, the UK population of 15, 16 and 17 year-olds was approximately 2,106,000.
These people will almost all be eligible to vote by the time we leave the EU. They will be 18, 19 and 20 years old.
71% of 18-24 year-olds voted remain
So, roughly 1,495,260 18-to-20 year olds who would have voted remain will be leaving the EU.
To re-cap, on the leave date of 29th March 2019 the UK population will probably include:
17,410,742 leave voters minus 921,600 dead leave voters = 16,489,142 living leave voters, or 49%.
16,141,241 remain voters plus 1,495,260 newly eligible remain voters = 17,636,501 living remain voters or 51%
A majority for remain of 1,147,359.
Seems fair that we leave the EU, right?
Seems fair that we don’t have a second referendum, right?
Fair to dead people.