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What does the EU referendum mean for us?

On 9 June, I attended a Q&A with our guest speaker Julie Cooper MP hosted by Ambitious about Autism. I helped film the event, lent a hand setting up the audio and visual equipment and did what I could to help ensure that the event ran smoothly.

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Phil Ashley
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Photo of Julie Cooper MP

By no means do I have a fantastic and in-depth knowledge of politics, however, I am well aware of how important this vote is. This truly is a once in a lifetime event- the likelihood of a vote of this scale happening again in my lifetime is incredibly slim.

We all know whatever the outcome is, this is going to have a huge impact on life as we know it and will very much affect education and employment. But what does the EU referendum mean for young people with autism, how could each decision affect our lives?

The Q&A session was our chance to gain insight into what the EU referendum is all about, how it came to be and the effects each outcome could have. On the panel was Ambitious about Autism’s own Dami Benbow and Julie Cooper MP.

"Democracy; In a restaurant, four people vote for fish and chips and three people vote for sausage and mash. This means we are all having fish and chips, though not everyone will be happy about it".

Julie Cooper MP

All the attendees had the opportunity to have a voice on the matter and ask Julie any questions that came to mind. Fantastic questions were asked all round and many bases on what I consider to be a complex topic were covered.

A lot of people realised that leaving the EU could well affect learning support, disability benefits and employment of young people with autism; it could also mean alterations of support in education for young people with autism.

Many questions were also asked surrounding what goes into becoming an MP and the steps Julie took to get to where she is today. There was definitely a balance in what was being asked; everyone one was taking the time to consider both options and their questions reflected this.

This made me happy. It was fantastic to see so many people eager to make their vote count and make their voice heard.

As the Q&A ended I felt thoroughly educated on the topic. For the first time I felt able to have a more informed opinion on the referendum, and  I feel I have a better understanding of the outcome of my choice.

This June I will be able to vote confidently and I am sure the other attendees will too.

Thanks for reading.

 

Written by myVoice volunteer Paul Simpson

 

Watch the video of the debate below

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