Youth Work Ireland
November 28th, 2016
Irish Young People Take Their Case on Brexit to Parliamentarians in Cardiff
Young people from Ireland, joined with others from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Cardiff today. The young people will meet with members of the Irish and UK parliaments and the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh Assemblies. BREXT is expected to dominated the proceedings where young people will present their “calls” for members of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly today. Six young people have been drawn from the five youth services, Youth Work Ireland, Youth Action Northern Ireland, Youth Scotland, UK Youth and Youth Cymru. The 30 members and youth workers form the “five nations” have already met in Dublin earlier this month to prepare for the week-end. The meeting is supported by the ERASMUS+ youth project of the European Union.
“It’s great to be able to deal directly with elected people from across the UK and Ireland on these important issues. Young people are worried about the post BREXIT situation on the two islands. They are concerned about travel, a hard border in Ireland, the levels of social provision post BREXT, mobility across the EU and post BREXIT environmental standards. Working together the young people are developing agreed calls to present to politicians from the two parliaments and three assemblies for the end of November in Cardiff, these will represent the only voice of young people in the deliberations around these issues on an east west basis. It appears the majority of young people were against BREXIT but now have to deal with its fall-out.” Said Danielle Gayson (18) one of the Irish Members
“While the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly is set up to bring together representatives of parliaments and assemblies on the two islands it is not directly elected and may not be well known amongst the public. Young people often are distant from the political process and those under 18 usually have no vote in elections. Therefore, the five youth organisations from the two islands thought it important to make sure young people had a voice in these deliberations. We brought young people together in this assembly to ensure that this will happen and the young people in Dublin this weekend will develop their input and take it directly to parliamentarians in Cardiff at the end of November. BREXIT has really dominated the week-end and young people have numerous questions about what it will mean for their lives and their future, they are looking for clarity from decision makers about these key issues” Said Fintan O'Dwyer of Youth Work Ireland