Thursday, 16.11.17 - Sheffield

"BYOB": Bring Your Own Brexit!

How can young people participate in the politics and process of Brexit? With the objective of facilitating the discussion on Brexit, FES London and Common Vision (CoVi) hosted “BYOB”, a workshop for young people living in Brexit Britain. The event was supported by Sheffield Futures and Sheffield Youth Cabinet.

Photo: FES London

The majority of the UK’s young population voted to remain in the EU and yet, it is this generation that will live with the consequences of Brexit the longest. All the more important it is to ensure that the Brexit process represents young people. BYOB therefore provided a platform for the constructive and creative exchange of ideas and concerns felt by young people between 16 and 35 years in relation to Brexit.

The workshop demonstrated that young people are concerned with the possible impact of Brexit on their lives and want to be consulted on the future of their country, such as the possibility of taking part in EU-funded programs like ERASMUS or the future of international human rights in the UK. In creative exercises the group developed ideas for possible campaigns, events and Apps that could shift the Brexit debate from tedious remain and leave arguments to a more productive discussion that puts the concern of young people at the centre.

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