Jubilee Room, Westminster Hall; Wed 29 November 2017
Marginalized young people and Brexit event at Parliament. We had a healthy and productive discussion with the MPs, calling for a pragmatic approach to change. Different topics, such as education, economic, social care/NHS, European Court Directives were addressed in relation to how they would impact marginalized young people’s lives and young carers.
The aim of this event, therefore, was to address how we could ensure that they wouldn’t bear the brunt of the negative consequences that could arise from Brexit. Additionally, we have produced and presented our potential policy recommendations.
For universities – as for many other sectors – there is a huge amount at stake. Given all the other Brexit related issues in play, it would be easy to forget student mobility. But it matters. The benefits these students gain are clear. Continued membership of Erasmus + would be the best outcome for the UK and the government should consider this as a priority programme in its negotiations with the EU. If this proves impossible, it is vital that the mobility of student and staff is not impeded. It’s crucial to maintain freedom of movement for a number of reasons related to traveling, working and studying in Europe.
I fear there is a sense that people out there think the UK doesn’t want to be involved internationally any more. However, the opportunities we can offer young people (travel, education) is best done by collaboration. I think it’s so important for young people and the MPs should hear more of what young people want.