The European definition of a young person is 15-29. We decided to opt for this age range because we wanted to gather the opinions of young people at different stages of youth and early adulthood. By capturing 29s and under, you capture young people at different points in education and those who’ve entered working life. All of these perspectives are valuable in ensuring we have a wide breadth of opinion.
We are a campaign created and led by young people. Please see our team page here. The campaign is being supported by a number of youth organisations, who are helping to host the website and pay some of the costs. Our campaign is housed at Livity, a youth agency that is supporting the campaign on a not-for-profit basis. If you would like more information, get in touch!
On 23rd June, Britain voted to exit the European Union (EU), which people are calling “Brexit”. Leaving the EU means untangling the country from a set of laws, partnership agreements and relationships that we agreed to join along with 28 other European countries. These agreements affect many aspects of our lives – and some of them include:
– Being able to live, study, work and travel in other European countries without needing to get a visa
– Companies being able to trade with other European countries without paying fees or tariffs
– Controls on environmental agreements
– Controls on immigration
Britain won’t be able to exit the EU overnight, because it will need to negotiate its new relationship with the countries that will remain in the European Union. The new Government will be negotiating new deals on all of these areas to try and get the best deal for the UK and they will have to choose different priorities.
Many young people feel that such a huge decision as leaving the EU is going to affect them the most, as they will live with the consequences the longest. Regardless of how young people voted, it is now time for us to be united in order to get the best possible deal for young people. For example, Brexit may affect the right to live and work abroad – or funding for university degrees and research placements that comes from the EU. Young people also have a stake in big decisions that affect where the UK invests money after we have left the EU, as we will no longer be paying into the European Union. We believe it is more important than ever that young people should have a say in what happens next for our country.
We are looking to capture the views of a million young people. Please help us reach this target by sharing the campaign with your friends and asking them to submit their demands. Once we have heard enough voices, we will offer young people a means of voting on the top demands that we should put to politicians in the Brexit negotiations. We will then work with partner organisations to make sure we have a seat at the table in the negotiations, and make your voices heard.
If you would like to join the campaign team or take a more active role in bringing the campaign to your part of the country – please get in touch. You can also share the campaign online and encourage your friends and family to do the same, to help build the movement and get more young people sharing their ideas and demands.
Undivided is a campaign to unify our country, in order to get the best possible outcome for young people. To achieve this, we will need support from everyone. Please support Undivided by sharing this website with as many young people that you know, sharing on social media, or by donating to the campaign. This will ensure that more young people have the opportunity to have their voice heard in the most significant event of their generation.
We have created a bespoke facilitators pack and presentation with Citizenship Foundation so that you can run your own discussion around Undivided, Brexit and democracy. This is available for free download
No one can be sure about changes to the rights of UK students to study abroad, or whether funding arrangements that allow students to study abroad will continue once Britain leaves the EU.
Before the EU referendum, the Government raised the minimum wage for people over the age of 25, by introducing a ‘national living wage’, and there are no plans to change this policy. Unlike the ‘national living wage’, which goes up according to the average wage paid in the UK, the minimum wage that young people receive is set at a fixed rate. Therefore it is unlikely that the minimum wage paid to young people will be directly affected by leaving the EU, but it could lead to reduced wages elsewhere in the economy, which will mean a lower rise in the national living wage paid to over 25 year olds.
The campaign to leave the EU made the claim that after Brexit, Britain would be able to spend £350 million a week more on the NHS. However, immediately after the referendum, the leading figures behind the campaign backtracked on this claim. And despite the claims that Britain would spend more on the NHS, the health service is across England. At the 2015 general election, which was before the vote to leave the EU, the Conservative party pledged to spend £8 billion more per year on the NHS. We do not yet know if the Government will seek to spend more money now that Britain has voted to leave the EU – for example by re-allocating some of the money that would otherwise have gone to the EU.
No one can be sure about how Brexit will affect the number of jobs in Britain. It is possible, if the economy performs less well outside of the EU, that companies will have to employ less people, which will increase unemployment. Some companies estimated that they would need to cut jobs if Britain voted to leave the EU – for example, some manufacturing companies received subsidies from the EU, and other firms that trade with European countries currently benefit from trade agreements that mean they don’t have to pay tariffs (fees) to sell products to other countries in the EU. Some parts of the UK that voted to leave the EU, such as Sunderland, Cornwall and south Wales, benefitted from regional EU funding. Losing this funding could also lead to job losses. All of this will depend on Britain’s new trading relationships with European, which will be up for negotiation as the Government seeks to leave the EU.
Undivided is a non partisan campaign, led by young people from all backgrounds – including those who voted to leave the EU, those who voted to remain, and those who did not vote at all. As a campaign, our goal is to gather the voice of all young people in the UK, not to campaign for any particular political party, or to promote staying in the EU, or to promote leaving the EU. The campaign assumes that the Brexit negotiations are going to happen either way, and we want to make sure that young people have their voices heard in these negotiations.