Young voters could hold the key to whether the U.K. stays or remains within the European Union (EU) in the forthcoming referendum on EU membership on June 23, but with a traditionally lower voter turnout, whether they will exercise their vote is uncertain.
The vote seems to have polarized the nation and pitted family members against each other down generational lines, with older voters seen as largely leaning towards a vote to leave the 28-country union. With traditionally higher voter turnout among the older generation, campaigners in the remain team are worried, with good reason.
In the month ahead of the referendum, opinion polls have swung from giving the remain team as much as a 10-point lead in mid-May to giving the leave camp a lead, rattling financial markets and sterling at the end of May.
Opinion polls over the weekend showed that the remain camp was regaining momentum ahead of the referendum giving global markets a boost. Opinion polls published overnight by ORB/The Telegraph and The Times newspaper/YouGov, however, sent out conflicting signals with each showing a slight lead for the respective sides.