Two students joining the team at Valley News while on work experience leave from local schools, were quiz-zed about their knowledge and views on the Brexit negotiations.
They both agreed that, after recent events in Parliament, it was unclear how Brexit would turn out.
“It seems the Government is not thinking about the next generation and its future. As a result of this, we have decided to outline our ideas on Brexit and what sort of deal we would like to see,” they said.
Ned Graham (Dinton):
“When the Government announced there would be a referendum to leave the EU, I wasn’t sure what the implications would be. I was 15 and didn’t have much knowledge about politics and thought that it was safer to stay.
The results shocked me, and I didn’t think that 52% was enough of a majority for ‘leave’ (especially with the turnout being 72%). Now, after studying a year of politics at Gillingham School, I feel I can form an opinion on the matter.
I still feel that staying in the EU would have been the right decision, but I feel that having a second referendum would make two years of Government work redundant and would only cause more uncertainty.
“In an ideal world, I would like to see a soft Brexit in which the UK stays in the single market and customs union so that we can keep trading easily with other countries. If a new trade deal is agreed with America and China, rules must be set out to prevent our market being flooded with cheaply-made foreign goods.
“Although immigration is a problem, we must not exclude all migrants from coming to our country, as they are essential for filling the jobs the UK public would rather not do.
James Benton (Damerham):
“Once the decision was made to leave the EU in June, 2016, I was completely unfazed and unaware of the impacts this would have on myself, the younger population and the country as a whole, due to my lack of political knowledge and interest. Two years on, in July, 2018, after studying A level geography at Burgate School and Sixth Form for a year, I have a better understanding of the Brexit situation and trade blocs, such as the European Union.
I now believe this decision will have significant impacts on the country from an economic standpoint, as well as the younger generation leaving school and entering the jobs market.
Personally, I think the ideal outcome for Brexit would be the UK securing a good trade deal with the EU, despite leaving the trade bloc itself. Flows of migrants should be regulated, but not excluded, as the UK adapts various cultures from migrants around the world, creating diversity and variety.
Although these are our thoughts, the UK won’t leave the European Union until March 29, 2019, and not until then will we know for certain what the impacts will be.”