The view from Argyll and the Isles

The Oban Times - - News - Mary-Jean Devon Argyll and Bute coun­cil­lor and Chil­dren’s Cham­pion

‘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.’

Mary-Jean Devon.

Rhia Mills.

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