This campaign is demanding young people get a say in the Brexit negotiations
A campaign launched today is gathering opinions from young people across the country to issue the Government with 10 demands for the Brexit negotiation.
The We Are Undivided campaign wants one million people under the age of 30 to submit their demands for Brexit on its website.
The group says that as young people have to live with the consequences of Brexit the longest, they should have a seat at the table.
According to an Opinium poll, 64% of registered 18 to 24-year-olds got out to vote in the referendum in June, with over 70% of them voting to remain.
This is a marked increase in youth turnout from the 2015 general election, where only 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted, according to Ipsos MORI.
This shows there is opinion to be gathered from young people, but it’s not just about the remainers.
The campaign, which has sprung out of youth marketing agency Livity, wants young people of all political persuasions to take part. This, they hope, will provide a true picture of what young people most want from the Brexit deal.
Young people who would like to know more about the EU and Brexit will be able to find information on the group’s website, as well as submit their demands. The most popular demands will be fashioned into a list for young people to vote on, of which the top 10 will be sent to politicians heading up the negotiation.
At the launch event, attended by the great and the good of youth advocacy, SBTV’s Jamal Edwards said he was inspired to get involved with the movement by looking at the comments sections of political videos he took part in and realising young people needed a place to get information and share their opinions.
“I want to get involved to try and give [young people] a platform to get their voices heard,” he said. “I don’t think it’s that people don’t care, it’s just that they don’t know where to put [their opinions].”
Rahma Hussein, one of the 30 young people running the campaign, said social media is the key to engaging young people to form opinions on the issue. “That’s why we’ve made our campaign digital, so it’s accessible to everyone,” she said. “If you want to be heard… then try to get involved.”
If you are under 30, you can get involved in the conversation using the hashtag #WeDemand on social media, and submit your demands on the We Are Undivided website.