Students Views to Directly Influence Brexit Policy

Students from Penwith College have been specially selected from across the country to share their views as part of a major research project into Brexit and the EU. Facilitated by Dr. Sam Mejias from the London School of Economics (LSE), the focus group forms part of a research project by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Better Brexit for Young People

This APPG was launched in late 2016 to raise the profile of issues affecting and concerning young people in light of the recent EU referendum; to encourage dialogue between parliamentarians, young people and youth services; and to encourage a coordinated and coherent approach to ensuring that the voices of young people are taken into account. The research will directly contribute to the development of the APPG’s reports to the European Council and the UK Parliament in 2017.

As the only College in the South West to be canvassed for its views the 10 students were delighted that their opinions would form part of the recommendations given to the European Council and the UK Parliament in 2017.

Dr Mejias said that he was impressed with the students’ levels of knowledge and interest in the subject and has invited the group to be part of the presentation of the findings of the report.

Sarah Alexander, Deputy Team Leader A levels, said: “Travelling to London to attend the presentation of the findings of this research would be an amazing opportunity for the students – we will definitely take them up on this offer. The students will have direct exposure to the world of politics usually behind closed doors.

“Dr Mejias has also offered the opportunity to host us at the London School of Economics. He was really impressed with the students’ thoughtful insightful responses and as their economics teacher I am delighted with the result.”

The research focused on young people’s views about Brexit and the EU – what young people in this area wanted from the Brexit deal, what would be important to them and what negotiators should ask for on their behalf,  why and how young people decide to participate (or not to participate) in their communities and the role for young people and youth issues in politics in the future.