Aron Hughes

OFOC Northern Ireland Team

I’m 16 years old. But just because I can’t vote doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have a say.

I can see the impact Brexit may have to the island of Ireland. The potential “Hard Border”, the potential of the violence of the past erupting again, and the potential of my rights as an Irish/European Citizen being denied. I live in West Belfast, a place that used to be one of the most socially and economically deprived areas in the North and has benefited greatly from European Union investment and PEACE funding. 

I accept the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, but the electorate was never told on what terms. On the ballot paper, it was a ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ question. However, what’s not clear is: Did leave mean leave the single market? Did leave mean leave the customs union? Nobody knows. This is why the public needs a People’s Vote. We deserve the democratic right to say no to a Hard Brexit and to have an option to retain our membership of the European Union.