EU: What's in it for the young?

So far it's probably fair to say the European referendum has failed to capture the hearts and minds of the British public.

Tuesday, 29th March 2016, 12:26 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:20 am

Chief among those who feel ignored in the debate are young people. On one side, engagement with younger voices has boiled down to confusion this weekend about who will or won’t play at the Brexit music festival.

And on the other side, very little has been aired about what benefits the EU brings for school leavers, university students or those on the cusp of their adult lives.

Whether it’s EU funding for apprenticeships, opening up Europe’s skies to budget airlines, abolishing roaming fees or giving students the chance and means to live and work on the continent, some of the EU’s most positive and noticeable contributions to the UK are of direct benefit to this country’s younger generation.

The In campaign needs to look beyond the EU as an institution and focus instead on it as a source of opportunity and excitement.

Inspiring young people about what Europe can offer them is certain to encourage voter registration and crucial to securing our continued membership of the EU.

In this regard, everyone else can do their bit too. By ensuring that our children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends all have the chance to make their voices heard in 100 days’ time, we can guarantee that future generations will be able to share in the many benefits of EU membership, just as we have.

Steve Martin

Liberal Democrat

Monks Close


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