Archive | July, 2016

Toby with work experience student, Evelina Griniute

GUEST BLOG: Evelina Griniute, student at St. Mary’s Catholic High School, gives her view on the EU Referendum result

My name is Evelina and I am currently completing my work experience placement at the Toby Perkins’ Constituency Office. I am a Year 10 student at St. Mary’s Catholic High School who studies Geography, History, German and Latin, in addition to my mandatory subjects, as humanities and languages are what I find most interesting. I have always held an interest in politics, enjoying nothing more than researching political topics and debating them with friends and family. Seeing the impacts that decisions have on people is fascinating from my point of view and this is also where my aptitude for humanities most likely stems from and which caused me to consider doing my work experience placement in an MP’s office. As a young person whose future will be greatly affected by Britain’s choice to leave the EU, I am intrigued to explore the impacts the decision will have on my generation and the opinions of young people around the UK on the subject.

My personal opinion is that Britain should have remained in the EU though, unfortunately, I was not old enough to vote. The way I see it is that while the EU has its faults, we are stronger within it and it is easier to fix the problem from within than run away from it completely. The EU offers the security and feeling of unity that 78% of young people said they would miss as well as all the trade benefits that allow European countries to compete with top global producers such as China and the US. We were comfortable as we were and Brexit has caused an unnecessary panic.

Most voters aged 18-24 shared this view, with 72% voting to remain. It is disappointing to know that young people who wanted Brexit the least have to live with the consequences for the longest. It results in more

Toby with work experience student, Evelina Griniute

Toby with work experience student, Evelina Griniute, in the constituency office

expensive and harder to attain places at European universities, decreased opportunities to work abroad in EU countries under the same terms and more difficult travel around Europe which is problematic for those who wish to take gap years and so on . A weaker economy with a weaker pound sterling also means young graduates who have just begun work, and are therefore receiving less money, will be stretched even further.

The votes however, are what they are and now people will handle the situation as best as they can. I remain optimistic that Britain will emerge through the uncertainty.


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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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