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Don't let Brexit make us strangers!

This week the EU27 leaders will come together again to discuss the terms for the Brexit deal. Ignorance towards what’s different is what caused so many people to vote for Brexit. Therefore, we want to stress the importance of keeping the European Union schemes such as Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps inclusive for UK residents. They allow young people to enrich their lives through experiences abroad. Losing these would result in depriving young people of learning from others and create new generations that are strangers from each other.

"Losing freedom of movement and EU citizenship will be devastating. As Young Greens of England and Wales, we feel a stronger connection to progressive Europeans than we do to the right wing Brexiteers and fascists in our own country. We need an international outlook more than ever. All of the challenges we face operate on a European and even global level- climate change, tax avoidance, digital rights, workers rights etc, so we need to be united in terms of how we tackle these. Still being able to join EU programmes will allow us to progress as communities, in fighting for the rights of those who are most oppressed in society,” say Amy Heley and Emily West, International Co-Chairs of the Young Greens of England and Wales.

“Brexit and the approach of Donald Trump are the embodiment of the “we can do it alone” attitude. However, in a globalized world, international issues such as climate change, requires countries coming together and collaborating. Therefore we see that now, learning from other cultures is more important than ever. Taking away the opportunity to do so from a huge group of young people will not benefit anyone.

“Two weeks ago Donald Tusk prioritized ensuring the participation of the UK in EU programmes regarding education and culture. The UK government needs to ensure this priority and make sure Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps remain accessible for UK residents,” concludes Kim van Sparrentak, Co-Spokesperson of the Federation of Young European Greens.


Photo by Alexander Kohlhofer, modified under a Creative Commons license.