On the evening of the 17th November 2016, five months after the EU Referendum, Shout Out UK released Brexit: A Youth Perspective a booklet containing policy suggestions and responses from young people across the United Kingdom.
On the evening of the 17th November 2016, five months after a Referendum that divided a nation and sent shock-waves across the globe, Shout Out UK released Brexit: A Youth Perspective, a booklet containing policy suggestions and responses from young people all across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. The replies were all in response to one single question; if you were on the Brexit negotiating team what would you want to see?
The responses, collected between July and October 2016 cover every issue that might placed on the negotiating table. Ranging from migration to the environment, from the economy to social justice, from education to local businesses and show not only the diversity of political opinion amongst young people in the country but also shows how much Brexit has spurred young people to get involved in politics.
At the launch event was Shout Out UK’s Founder Matteo Bergamini and Patrick William Shout Out UK’s Creative Director, the two powerhouses behind the Booklet as well as Shout Out UK itself. They were supported by two keynote speakers, Fatima Manji a journalist for Channel 4 News and Richard Brooks, the vice President of the National Union of Students.
In her speech Manji, who first got involved with Shout Out UK when they organised a Youth Leaders debate in the build up to the 2015 General Election discussed why it was important for young people to get involved in politics and how it is important to sustain diversity in the media. She expressed concern about the rise in hate crime after the Brexit vote and said she personally has witnessed incidents including a passerby shouting racist abuse at a group of mothers she was interviewing outside a school.
Brooks, one of five elected vice Presidents of the NUS also discussed his experiences hours after Brexit as the NUS reacted to result and started the process of adapting to Britain’s new reality. Furthermore Brooks continued to elaborate on the idea of inheritance by the youth of the United Kingdom and that how we don’t want to inherit this post-Brexit world but work with it and shape it so that the future can be made brighter not just for our generation but the next generation of youth.
Returning to the booklet in hand, it raises a key point through it’s name alone, that of the, “Youth Perspective” because it is the young people of this country that will shape the United Kingdom in this post-Brexit world. Shout Out UK and their booklet is giving young people a politic voice, a political microphone to get their views and suggestions heard but it is their suggestions that will shape our country and it’s position in the global community in years to come.