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Report highlights concerns of young people over Brexit

By Staff Reporter

A generation of young people is warning that they will have to live with the full impact of Brexit, having never voted on its outcome.

A report on the views, hopes and fears of young people who are living on both sides of the border will be handed to members of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly at its next meeting to take place in Sligo.

The report It's Our Brexit Too: Children's Rights, Children's Voices is the outcome of a cross-border conference hosted by the Ombudsman for Children's Office and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.

The report represents the views of 120 young people from both sides of the island who came together to explore how Brexit could affect them.

It outlines considerations and protections that should feed into decisions on areas such as education, child protection, freedom of movement, family life and health.

'Alex', a Brexit Youth Steering Group member, said: "We will be the first generation to live with the full impact of the Brexit decision, yet we did not get the opportunity to vote on this.

"It was clear at the event that young people felt there had not been enough consideration about the realities of our lives and how decisions about the Common Travel Area, the border or the loss of EU Funding programmes could have an impact on our lives now, and far into the future.

"We look forward to discussing the areas raised by young people with key decision makers at Westminster."

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children in Ireland, said: "The young people have a keen awareness of the issues that could impact on their lives, from ensuring that ambulances are not delayed when needing to cross the border, to the disruption to family life where separated parents are living either side of the border."

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