Let’s Talk About Brexit
Hi everyone, it’s Evie, your VP DCI.
On 23 June 2016, Britain held a referendum to ask whether it should leave the European Union, with Leave winning by 51.9% to 48.1%. Since then, more than 1.4 million young people are now eligible to vote.
When the referendum was held, the Union backed remain, citing a negative impact on higher education and graduate opportunities as key reasons for this decision. Our full blog on this decision can be found here: EU Referendum: BritaIN or BrEXIT?
2 years on, the deadline for the government to produce a deal with the EU is fast approaching. What this will look like no one yet knows, but there is a large campaign calling for there to be another public vote when it is announced, so that the British public can have a vote on the final deal with a clearer idea of what Britain will look like outside of the EU.
Over the Freshers’ period, I held consultation at Union Fayre and the WSA Big Day asking students whether they thought there should be a people’s vote and if it was something that the Union should support. The results of this were:
Yes there should be a people’s vote: 203
No there shouldn’t be a vote: 54
Clearly, even from this small sample, this is something that students have strong opinions on. If you are interested in getting involved with the campaign for a people’s vote myself and some of the other sabbatical officers will be attending the People’s Vote March for the Future this Saturday at Park Lane, Central London. If you would be interested in travelling up with us, marching together, or if you have any questions about it at all please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me via Facebook: Evie Reilly.
I will also be looking at putting together more events and discussion opportunities around Brexit, so if you have any ideas or would like to be involved please get in touch. Let’s keep the conversation going!
VP Democracy & Creative Industries