Martyn Day MP Calls For Re-opening of EU Opportunities for Young People

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POLITICAL OPINION - This item has been submitted on behalf of Martyn Day MP, Scottish National Party.Constituents across Linlithgow and East Falkirk have been writing to their MP, Martyn Day, about the EU's proposal for a youth mobility scheme for 18-30 year olds.

The UK Government has rejected an EU-wide youth mobility scheme, saying "We are not planning to introduce such a scheme. Free movement within the EU has ended."

SNP MP Martyn Day, has therefore presented a public petition on behalf of his constituents urging the UK Government to show a willingness to negotiate with the European Commission on re-opening these opportunities for our young people.

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Mr Day’s petition declares regret about the UK Government decision on this matter, which prevents our young people living, studying, and working across the EU as well as preventing young EU citizens coming here to fill vital employment gaps.

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Martyn Day said: “One of the great constitutional injustices was the removal of Scotland from the EU against the wishes of the Scottish people. That situation has been compounded by the UK Government’s rejection of a youth mobility scheme, which would have made it easier for our young people to live, to work, and to study across Europe.

"The right to live, work, and study abroad is a huge boon to the life experiences of young people; and having young people come to Scotland provides economic, social, and cultural benefits to Scotland and its visitors.

“Whilst EU citizenship has been taken from us, I support measures such as Youth Mobility Schemes to help reduce some of the harms of Brexit.”