Leaving the EU will have widespread consequences for children. As the youngest in our communities, children shall face the long-term impact of Brexit and accordingly have the most at stake in the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, children did not have a vote in the 2016 referendum nor did either side of the campaign make efforts to engage meaningfully with them.
Since August 2018, Together has been working with Children in Scotland to co-facilitate the Children and Young People's Panel on Europe. The Panel of 19 children and young people, aged 8-19, has made a range of recommendations to the Scottish Government, UK Government and EU. Read these in the Panel's final report "Listen to Us".
Together has also been working with partners across the UK to elevate the consideration of children’s rights and interests in discussions around Brexit. Together contributed to the UK Children and Brexit Coalition's paper “Making Brexit work for Children”. This work has contributed to an increased engagement by MPs and Peers and the tabling of several child rights-focused amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (now Act).