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Children’s rights and leaving the EU

Release Date: 07 Sep 2017

As the UK edges closer to leaving the European Union (EU), Barnardo’s is part of a coalition of charities – led by The Children’s Society – calling on the House of Commons to put children’s best interests first.

During the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, it is critical Parliament considers the impact leaving the EU will have on children and young people – who themselves had no voice during the referendum.

The coalition brings together a range of organisations representing hundreds of thousands of children and young people across the UK, and has prepared a briefing on the rights of children during this fundamental constitutional change. It addresses three key themes, and proposes two key amendments for debate in later stages of the Bill.

In a joint statement last year, the group of children’s charities, including Barnardo’s, made a similar plea to Prime Minister Theresa May:

“Children do not have a say in who governs the country, and they couldn’t vote in the EU referendum. But the decisions adults take do affect them, both now and in the future. This places a particular responsibility on us all to ensure that their voices are heard loud and clear in the times ahead.’

Read the coalition's full briefing here.

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