Nicky Morgan: Leaving the EU risks a lost generation

Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, warned in a speech today that a vote to leave the EU risks creating a lost generation.

The speech focuses on how it will be young people who will suffer the most if we vote to leave the EU and if we leave we risk a "lost generation" as we negotiate an alternative model. 

Highlights from Nicky's speech follow:

"It’s clear, that if Britain leaves Europe it will be young people who suffer the most, left in limbo while we struggle to find and then negotiate an alternative model. In doing so we risk that lost generation becoming a reality.

And everyone who casts their vote must understand that.

If parents and grandparents vote to leave, they’ll be voting to gamble with their children and grandchildren’s future.

At a time when people are rightly concerned about intergenerational fairness the most unfair decision that the older generation could make would be to take Britain out of Europe and damage the ability of young people to get on in life."

"This is the generation of Instagram, EasyJet and Ebay.

They don’t want to see a Britain cut off from the world, where not only their opportunities, but our influence as a country, ends at our shores.

These young people have grown up in a world where international co-operation, economic growth, technological advancements and social media, have seen barriers being torn down across the world.

Young people today want to see the UK working internationally to tackle the big problems and issues that they care about because they want to make their world a better place.

Whether it’s sexual and gender equality, tackling poverty or protecting the environment and tackling climate change, the young people like those I often speak to at Loughborough University in my constituency, want to see the UK leading the fight against these global ills, and they know that our voice and impact are magnified by playing a leading role through the EU as part of a group of 28 nations."

"I want young people to make sure their voices are heard in this debate - whichever side of the debate they might be on – otherwise they risk having the decision made by other people, their future decided for them, not by them.

Elections are decided by the people who turn up.

And don’t think you have to keep your opinion on the EU debate to yourself. Go out and make the case to others and in particular your older friends and relatives. Make sure they know what the vote means for you."