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There is far too much at stake to allow ourselves to be silenced

30 November, 2018

• MANY young people, like myself, feel we’ve been shut out of the Brexit debate. While 77 per cent of us did not vote for this chaos, we are the ones who will have to live with the consequences the longest.

Myself and many other University College London students have written on numerous occasions to our local MPs, Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer and Jeremy Corbyn, but as yet have received no response.

It is a great shame that senior Labour politicians have no interest in hearing from the young people they represent on an issue that is going to affect our rights and prosperity for the rest of our lives.

But, if one good thing has come out of this Brexit shambles, it’s that campaign groups such as Our Future, Our Choice have mobilised thousands of young people across the UK to engage with politics.

On Tuesday, hundreds of us descended on Parliament to ensure that our voices are heard. I would urge anyone else who is young and concerned about the consequences of Brexit for their future to join the movement too. There is far too much at stake to allow ourselves to be silenced.

NAT SHAUGHNESSY
Mobilisation coordinator,
Our Future, Our Choice

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