Young people in northern Ireland stand the most to lose out of the Tories' final Brexit deal.
Hundreds of students in Northern Ireland will be walking out today in protest over Prime Minister Theresa May’s dangerous Brexit deal.
Students at the Lagan, Wellington, Methody and St Patrick’s Knock colleges will be protesting at noon, after the over 500-page document showed a flimsy backstop solution.
In a statement, students from Lagan College said they had
“[Become] frustrated with how the politicians in our country and the rest of the UK have ignored the opinions and views of young people regarding the issues of Brexit and other political issues.
“We didn’t get the chance to vote on the outcome of our future, so we want to take this final opportunity to express ourselves and our views.”
They invited “all sixth-year students, staff and schools from across Belfast and Northern Ireland” to join their protest today.
— Our Future Our Choice NI (@OFOCNI) November 19, 2018
The demonstration is being co-organised by Our Future, Our Choice (OFOC), a movement of young people campaigning for a People’s Vote.
It is set to repeat itself across the four home nations of the United Kingdom.
OFOC organisers in Northern Ireland said:
“We are a group of young people from across Northern Ireland who been campaigning since the end of August towards getting a People’s vote on the final Brexit deal.
“We have grown as a movement and throughout our time working we have been encouraging young Northern Irish people to become involved in politics and allowed them to have a voice. We are delighted to have been able to inspire and support the school students who are involved in this event. They are an inspiring selection of students and we hope that others will be inspired by their actions.”
More to follow as the action unfolds.
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