We're marching on Saturday because Brexit will hit young people the hardest

An open letter to Independent readers from supporters of For our Future's Sake

Wednesday 20 March 2019 16:24
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We, the undersigned, are the elected representatives of learners from across the United Kingdom. We speak on behalf of students from higher education, further education and apprenticeship providers.

Through our collective roles, we represent 830,000 learners across the UK.

Brexit is a generation-defining issue. It threatens to make us permanently poorer, and to limit the life chances of the young. It's why the overwhelming majority of young people and students voted to stay in the European Union in 2016, and why we back a People's Vote.

We are legitimately, and credibly concerned about our futures.

But politicians have let us down.

Their warm words cannot hide a simple truth – that Brexit will hit young people the hardest, for the longest.

So on Saturday, young people and students will be marching to demand that parliament #PutItToThePeople – and back a People's Vote.

There is no Brexit Deal that doesn't harm young people, or delivers on the promises of three years ago. There is no Brexit that doesn't exclude 2 million new voters, who have been shut out of the Brexit debate for the last three years.

We urge all MPs to join us on the streets of London, to show their support for young people. Our backing is not unconditional, and any politician that facilitates Brexit will be risking the support of young people and students.

Signed,

Lawson Ogubie, President, Aberdeen Uni Students Association

Owen Wright, Vice President, Abertay Students' Association

Joe Hargreaves-Lee, President, Askham Bryan College Students' Union

Amna Ateeq, President, Aston Students' Union

Eve Alcock, President, Bath SU

Annabelle Caley, President, Bath Spa SU

Ade Balogun, President, Bournemouth SU

Sally Patterson, Equality, Liberation & Access Officer, Bristol SU

Ginny Troughton, Sport & Student Development Officer, Bristol SU

Nasra Ayub, Undergraduate Education Officer, Bristol SU

Shubham Singh, Postgrad Education Officer, Bristol SU

Stanford, Union Affairs Officer Bristol SU

Evie Aspinall, President, Cambridge Students' Union

Phil Kloppenberg President Canturbury Christ Church SU

Jamie Harris President Development Canturbury Christ Church SU

Jake Smith Vice President Postgraduate Students Cardiff SU

Luke Mitchell President City College Norwich

Tockukwu Ajare Student Union President Coventry SU

Nicole Desouza Vice President Welfare and community Coventry SU

Ade Adebanjo Vice President Education Coventry SU

Luke Myer VP Academic Representation Edge Hill SU

Dan Bocharnikov Vice President Activities Edge Hill SU

Molly Houghton Vice President Welfare Edge Hill SU

Georgie Harris Vice President Community Edinburgh University SA

Beth Anderson Vice President Welfare Edinburgh College Students Association

Harry Bishop President Community and Welfare FXU

Callie Edwards President Falmouth FXU

Izi Robe President Exeter FXU

Sarah Redman President Student Experience FXU

Sorcha Kirker Students' Association President Highland and Islands Students Association

Tom Snape Union Development and Democracy Officer Keele SU

Aaron Thompson President Kent Union

Stuart Lidbetter Vice President Education Kent Union

Omolade Adedapo Vice President Welfare Kent Union

Emily Window Vice President Sports Kent Union

Sasha Langeveldt Vice President Activities Kent Union

Chris Morris Union Affairs Officer Leeds Uni Union

Serene Esuruoso Education Officer Leeds Uni Union

Tamsin Scott Equality and Diversity Officer Leeds Uni Union

Lauren Huxley Activities Officer Leeds Uni Union

Matt Port Welfare Officer Leeds Uni Union

Tom Oladipo Community Officer Leeds Uni Union

Angelina Cliff President Liverpool John Moores

Jonathan Foster Vice-President Liverpool Students Guild

Nelly Kibirige President London South Bank SU

Lucy Holland Vice President Arts and Design Middlesex SU

Erica Ramos Vice President Business & Law Middlesex SU

Cameron Hartley Student Union Welfare Officer Newcastle Under Lyme College

Kess Majemite Student Union Entertainment Officer Newcastle Under Lyme College

Hannah Bear Student Union HE Officer Newcastle Under Lyme College

Simon Noble President Northumbria SU

Ryan Bush Vice President Welfare Northumbria SU

Harry Bower VP Academic Experience Oxford Brookes Students' Union

Ella Harvey President Queen Mary SU

Redwan Shadid VP Education Queen Mary SU

Lillie-Mae Firmin Education Officer Reading University SU

Chuchu Nwagu President Roehampton SU

Tash Crump President Staffordshire SU

Jamie Grant Vice President Communities Stirling SU

Astrid Smallenbroek President Stirling SU

Sophie Hargreaves Sports Officer Swansea Univeristy Students' Union

Gwyn Rennolf President Swansea Univeristy Students' Union

Chloe Hutchinson Education Officer Swansea Univeristy Students' Union

Chris Freestone Societies and Services Officer Swansea Univeristy Students' Union

Grace Hannaford Welfare Officer Swansea Univeristy Students' Union

Tom Platt President Education Teeside SU

Josh Whale Lampeter Campus President Trinity St Davids / TSDSU

Becky Ricketts Camarthan President Trinity St Davids / TSDSU

Rob Simkins TSDSU Group President Trinity St Davids / TSDSU

Ben Read Vice President Activities UCLan SU

Lily Green Vice President Welfare UCLan SU

Caitlin McLaren President UCLan SU

Jenna Chapman Undergraduate Education Officer UEASU

Georgina Burchell Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer UEASU

Sophie Atherton Campaigns and Democracy Officer UEASU

Joe Inwood President Uni of Oxford SU

Katt Walton VP Women Uni of Oxford SU

Rosanna Greenwood VP Charities and Community Uni of Oxford SU

Ellie MacDonald VP Welfare & Equal Opportunities Uni of Oxford SU

Jacob Blatherwick Vice President Welfare Union of Students (Derby)

Scarlet Moss Vice President Education Union of Students (Derby)

Peri Sherif Vice President CEDPS Union of Brunel Students

Josh Sanderson Kirk Student Association President University of Law

Kat Hackshaw President University of West London SU

Jacob Pepper Vice President Activities University of West London SU

Emma Shotter Vice President Education University of West Scotland SA

James Durcan Union President Univeristy of York Students' Union

Steph Hayle Community and Wellbeing Officer Univeristy of York Students' Union

Zac Sheppard York Sport President Univeristy of York Students' Union

Finn Judge Student Activities Officer Univeristy of York Students' Union

George Coombs President York St John Students' Union

Liam Jackson President Warwick SU

Euan Morrison Vice-President Education Worcester University Students' Union

Harrison Jarrett Vice-President Activities Worcester University Students' Union

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