Research carried out by the British Youth Council’s UK Young Ambassadors has concluded that young people are ‘worried’ and ‘uncertain’ about the future because of Brexit. The new report, which launched on Monday 10th July 2017, also concludes that 50% of young people felt the world was changing for the worst, with only 35% feeling it was changing for the better.
Young people were also very concerned about the platform the EU referendum result created for hate, racism and discrimination. The campaigning tactics used in the lead up to the referendum were condemned by young people who felt the referenda targeted immigrants living and working in the UK and were keen to emphasise the positives of migration and freedom of movement.
The youth-led consultation was carried out by the UK Young Ambassadors a group of young people aged 18-25 tasked representing the UK globally. The findings of the report have been presented to the Government and the British Youth Council intends to ensure young people have a meaningful opportunity to influence Brexit negotiations.
Anna Barker, Chair, British Youth Council said: “It is quite clear that young people continue to feel worried and uncertain about the future of our country following the EU Referendum results. The Government must ensure young people are centre stage of the Brexit negotiations going forward – so young people feel they have a real stake in their future!”