Statement on the “Leave” Vote of the EU Referendum: Still European

Young European Movement UK

Press Release – Leave Result of the EU Membership Referendum

24th June 2016

Following the announcement this morning that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, the Young European Movement UK wishes to make the following statement on behalf of our organisation and its members.

Being an active, pro-European organisation in Great Britain is not easy, and this has never been more true than over the course of the last year. Following the 2015 general election, it became clear that an EU referendum would take place and as a result, YEM UK has spent the last 12 months campaigning, educating and reaching out to voters in order to persuade the electorate to vote to remain.

Unfortunately, the result of the referendum did not fall in our favour, and the United Kingdom will soon withdraw its membership from the European Union.

The Young European Movement UK would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future of Britain, the EU and our organisation.

Firstly, we extend a huge thanks to everyone who joined in with our campaign. Whether you handed out leaflets in the pouring British rain, went door-to-door engaging voters or simply shared our posts on social media, your input counted. Rather than making all of this effort in vain, you have contributed to a defence of democracy, freedom and tolerance and have helped to generate vital conversations and debates. For this, you should be proud. We are proud.

To our continental friends, thank you also. Your interest and involvement in our campaign has been invaluable, and your friendship and enthusiasm has helped us push on when things were difficult (as they so often were). It is testament to the value of the European Union that nationalities that once dropped bombs on one another now drop each other messages of encouragement and support. It is now important that you protect the European project from further damage from nationalism and ignorance. We will support that.

The United Kingdom now finds itself faced with uncertain times. The nation has taken a leap into the dark and it is impossible to know what the coming weeks, months and years will hold for us. What is certain, however, is that the Young European Movement UK is more important than ever. We will continue to facilitate discussion on European issues, spread the messages of Europe and the European Union and strive for peace and cooperation with the continent.

Even without it being written on our passports, we will still be European so long as we fight to uphold our values, fight to defend our rights and fight to preserve our democracy.

The Young European Movement UK intends to keep fighting.