Is Brexit any future for the young?

Jon Danzig |

Babies are being born in Britain who will grow up never having experienced the benefits of EU membership.

  • The right to live, work, travel or retire across most of our continent.
  • The life-changing experience of studying abroad with other young people under the Erasmus scheme.
  • The enormous job and career opportunities more easily accessible across Europe for EU citizens.
  • The profound feeling of being part of a community of countries that has helped to nurture peace and collaboration between them.
  • The right to participate in the running and future direction of Europe.
  • And so many other EU benefits that those born today in Britain won’t know about…

…unless we older folks tell them.

Britons, and most particularly young Britons, don’t have to be isolated in a country that has torn itself apart from the mainland of our continent.

We don’t have to be apart, when our country could once again be part of a Europe-wide community that is working democratically together.

Collaborating, not only to improve standards of living for EU citizens, but also to enhance our rights as workers, consumers, and travellers across our continent.

And joining forces, to better research cures for illnesses, discover more efficient technologies, and tackle climate change, all of which can be more successfully achieved when cooperating.

But if you’ve never experienced that, will you miss it? Or even know that something is missing?

“Mummy and Daddy, tell me that bedtime story again, the one about the time our country was in the EU and what it was like….”

In the referendum, those aged 50 and under voted by a significant majority to remain in the EU. But today, all those aged 25 and under won’t have had any say in the matter.

And all those born since 2020 won’t even know EU membership.

We need to get back in the EU, before new generations of Britons grow up never experiencing and enjoying the bountiful benefits of being fully and truly connected to the rest of our continent.

This article is for the children.


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