The view from Argyll and the Isles
‘It seems to me that almost unanimously older people have made a decision on a future that our children and young people, for the most part, don’t agree with.
‘I have been approached by many 16- and 17-year- olds who are asking why they got a vote in one referendum and in this one they didn’t get to take part.
‘The young people I have spoken to are exceptionally well informed.
‘I also have had a number of emails and phone calls from European families who don’t know what will happen now.
‘I want to ensure that those European families know that they will always be welcome in our communities, as are the many other international families that come to live here.
‘I hope there is a way through this situation that thinks about the future and what our children want.
‘Under European legislation, the rights of children are comprehensively protected. I have no doubt that politicians will try their hardest to protect rights to a similar standard.
‘I want people to think, not only how leaving the European Union effects themselves, but also what part they want the UK to play in the rights of children and young people in the future.’
Martha Charrington, 15, Mull
‘I’m all for having your own opinions so I’m voicing mine ... also our country is at stake, so listen up.
‘I think fellow young people will know how I feel when I say it’s sad that our futures have been decided by people it might not even affect.
About 75 per cent of 18-24-yearolds voted for remain but the government will ignore that. People who voted leave are regretting it because they didn’t think it would actually happen, and how ridiculous is that?
‘It’s terrifying to think that the pound is already dropping and Nigel Farage admitted that the £ 350 million he was going to give to the NHS was a lie, and that money might have been the reason some people voted to leave.
‘Boris Johnson has said he doesn’t think there’s any rush to leave the EU but three days ago it was the most important thing to him and top of his to do list.
‘There’s so many petitions going around about the referendum and the most popular I’ve seen has so many signatures the site crashed. It is calling for a second Brexit vote, now we’ve seen what our country could become. If this second vote does take place, I hope they will let 16- and 17-year- olds vote – not just so we can vote and feel grown up, but so I and my friends can have our voices heard.
‘Don’t tell us that this is it. Don’t tell us that the people have spoken and to just let it be. Don’t tell us we’re bad losers when you’ve just messed up our futures.’
Rhia Mills, nine, Oban
‘It is like being at school: if you are not here, you are absent (and no one remembers about you).
‘I think we should have voted remain because now that we are leaving the EU that will effect our future.
‘There are going to be many fewer jobs than there are at the moment. Say someone had a European office job: well, that will now be off the list. Any jobs connected with that will also be off the list.
‘This will effect jobs and will effect young people’s futures when they are older.’