Oh I know the trends, I understand that, however in our current state: 1. Pensions are already screwed (state pensions that is). It's why they recently made it a legal requirement for companies to match private pension payments; shifting of the burden onto the job sector and off of the Treasury. 2. Entry into the housing market (i.e. the average age of a homeowner) is up into the late 30s, conservative papers like the Telegraph boasting in recent years how it's down from an average of 39 to a new, trendy, 37 years old. Woohoo! 3. Job losses are across the board. NHS is sinking with the government trying to paint it as service failure, instead of their management failures. Local councils have had their budgets slashed, leading to the forced closures of libraries and other such institutions across the country (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35707956, plenty of other recent articles available on Google too). 4. Support network for eldery and disabled demographics has been destroyed, with benefits being cut across the board. We're already at a pretty terrible state, and that's been the government's doing with little EU intervention at all. I hate to think what would happen to these areas of society were the current government able to make it to 2020 without the current protection EU law currently affords us. I want to leave the country, but I can't afford it yet. When it was younger it used to be idealistic "I want to work in Canada in the games industry". These days it's "I want to get far, far away from here but also to a country that isn't as screwed as the UK" (which rules out the US, so thankfully Canada is still an option. Housing over there is atrocious though ).