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Event Summary

On Friday the 7th of April, young people from all over London descended on EY, at their beautifully located office near Tower Bridge, for our ‘Bite the Brexit’ event. With Article 50 having just been triggered, the time was ripe for a follow-up to our original EU referendum event exploring all things Brexit related.
The event began with our patron, Dr Vince Cable, giving us a bit of history about the EU, it’s original purpose and the UKs somewhat ‘it’s complicated’ relationship with it. A great conversational Q&A followed, where the young people got to ask Vince about all things Brexit related and to get the value of his knowledge and experience on the subject. The session ended with a competition and one of the attendees winning a copy of Vince’s latest book ‘After the Storm’, which he had kindly donated.

The next session involved George Webster, a member of our Youth Advisory Board, leading us in a game of The Great British Break Off, a Brexit negotiation simulation game. Yes, you read that correctly! The game was developed by our friends Simple Politics (check out their website, it’s great). The game involves getting into teams representing the EU and the UK and then negotiating a Brexit deal. This was a lot of fun and the game really made us realise how complicated and challenging the negotiations are going to be! It was also very interesting thinking about the negotiations from the EUs perspective.

After a spectacular lunch, kindly provided by EY, we had a session with My Life My Say (MLMS). MLMS are producing a report outlining the views of young people and their Brexit demands. This facilitated session gave the attendees an opportunity to give their views on Brexit, which will then be fed into their report. The final session was with Undivided and was led by Clr Joe Porter, a great friend of Model Westminster. Joe talked about the Undivided campaign and the work they were doing to bring together young people who voted leave, remain or were too young to vote, and make sure their views on Brexit are heard by politicians!

Overall, it was a really fun day with a lot learned and new friends made! But don’t just believe us, check out the feedback we got below…

What the attendees said:
• Great chance to discuss Brexit with other young people
• Loved the discussion and debate opportunities and loved that there were young people leading! A great day!
• A great Day. I loved the opportunity to negotiate Article 50. Looking forward to the next event!
• Meeting Cool people!

As always we took loads of photos and you can see a sample of them below and click here to see them all.
You can also view the programme for the day here.

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