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Britain's Brexit: How Baby Boomers Defeated Millennials in Historic Vote

A staggering 75 percent of people between 18 to 24 voted for "Remain," according to data from British pollster YouGov

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    A European Union flag, with a hole cut in the middle, flies at half-mast outside a home in Knutsford Cheshire after a historic referendum where the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union on June 24, 2016.

    The United Kingdom's decision to sever itself from the European Union on Friday exposed something approaching an intergenerational war of ideas.

    While the "leave" campaign won the referendum with 51.9 percent of the vote, young people — the ones who will likely grapple with the decision for decades — overwhelmingly wanted to remain part of the EU, NBC News reported.

    According to data gathered by British pollster YouGov on election day, a staggering 75 percent of people between 18 to 24 voted for "remain."

    What pushed the country toward Brexit, according to pollsters, was a remarkably high turnout among white, working-class older people — most of whom voted leave. Sixty-one percent of people over the age of 65 voted Leave, according to YouGov's data.