Call to Action made to ensure children and young people are included in Brexit negotiations
Date: 28th June 2017
Category: Respect for the views of the child
A statement has been released by national partner networks of Eurochild which calls for the rights of children and young people to be protected and championed during the Brexit process.
The statement, which is supported by Eurochild along with several of its members, highlights the lack of opportunity children and young people have had to voice their opinions on the EU referendum despite being the group that will be most impacted in the long-term by the referendum result.
The statement calls for key actions to be taken to ensure chidlren are at the centre of Brexit negotiations. These are:
- Developing a mechanism to listen to children and young people as part of the Brexit negotiation process;
- Providing assurances that there will be no roll back on the existing rights of children and young people in the UK and across the EU;
- Ensuring that future positive children's rights developments will be recognised by all parties to negotiations;
- Continuing to recognise the importance of the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process. Its prioritisation in the current negotiating guidelines of the EU is welcome as it is essential to minimise the potential harm caused to children from Brexit, in particular in Northern Ireland.
- Read the full statement here.
Together also previously produced a blog which outlines protections to children and young people's rights that the EU currently provides.