Talking about my generation – and Brexit
14 November 2018 18:25
Last night, a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament something big was happening. As the Prime Minister ushered her cabinet ministers into Downing Street one-by-one, to approve the draft EU withdrawal agreement, Central Hall was filled to the rafters, as people from across the country and political spectrum gathered to demand a People’s Vote.
At the forefront of the event, a sea of young people led the rousing applause and cheers as each speaker passionately took to the stage to send a simple message to Theresa May and her cabinet: we’re not buying it.
After all, the Brexit being delivered to us is a million miles away from what we were falsely promised back in 2016. The negotiations have been shambolic, the Prime Minister is hanging on by a thread and quite frankly, we’ve been utterly let down.
We’re being presented with the false binary option that we only have a choice between this shoddy deal and no deal. We now know this not to be true. There are other options, but we have to act now. Why should we accept what is clearly second best for our futures, and let the aspirations for our country lie in tatters on the ground?
So why do we as young people care so much? Simply put, it’s our futures that are on the line. We will undoubtedly be hit the hardest by Brexit and we cannot just stand by and watch. It’s a once in a generation fight. My fellow FFS Supporter, Sarah (who so brilliantly opened the event last night) said it well, and was poignantly reiterated by Dominic Grieve MP – ‘How can I look my children in the eyes and say “I just let it happen?”.’
What has been particularly striking about the People’s Vote campaign is the breadth of support it has garnered. It’s not a campaign of the elite, neither is it about one party trying to one up another, it’s a campaign of principle, of passion, and ultimately of people.
From the Conservatives to the Labour Party, the SNP to Plaid Cymru, the Green Party to the Liberal Democrats, there is clear cross-party backing and a growing wave of strong and powerful voices across the country calling for a People’s Vote. I mean, did you ever think you’d see the day that Gary Lineker interviewed Jo Johnson, sandwiched between an apprentice from Northern Ireland and David Lammy MP? Because that happened last night at Central Hall and it was spectacular.
At a time when our country is so divided and broken, the People’s Vote campaign has really brought people together, which is something to be proud of. And we’re not ready to stop now, the next few days are going to be incredibly important in shaping the future and showing the Prime Minister that we’re not buying her deal.
As the pace quickens in Parliament, it is crucial that you tell your MPs to vote down the deal. Pick up the phone, write to them, go to their office, tweet them – whatever suits you best, just do it and make your voice heard. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the great template atwww.notbuyingit.uk. Let’s show the Prime Minister that we demand a People’s Vote and we demand one now. It’s time to take back control.
Lucy Woodcock is a supporter of For our Future’s Sake.