Students in Northern Ireland stage school walkouts to protest Brexit

More than 200 students in Northern Ireland staged a joint walkout on Monday to protest politicians' unwillingness to address the grave concerns young people have about the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.

Northern Irish colleges including Lagan College, Wellington College, Methody College and St Patrick’s Knock took part in the walkout at noon.

The walkouts are part of a campaign across the UK by Our Future, Our Choice, a movement of young people campaigning for a People’s Vote, to draw attention to the outrage felt by young people about this bad Brexit deal.

The Lagan College walkout organising committee said: "Us politics students at Lagan College have become frustrated with how the politicians in our country and the rest of the UK have ignored the opinions and views of young people regarding the issues of Brexit and other political issues.

"We didn’t get the chance to vote on the outcome of our future, so we want to take this final opportunity to express ourselves and our views."

OFOC NI worked with student activists from all four of the colleges involved in the planned walkout to coordinate the pressure campaign.

An OFOC NI spokesperson said: “We are a group of young people from across Northern Ireland who been campaigning since the end of August towards getting a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

“We have grown as a movement and throughout our time working we have been encouraging young Northern Irish people to become involved in politics and allowed them to have a voice. We are delighted to have been able to inspire and support the school students who are involved in this event. They are an inspiring selection of students and we hope that others will be inspired by their actions.”

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