Political-savvy pupils speak out

The Fylde coast voted 63 per cent to 37 per cent to leave the EU in last week’s EU referendum.

Since then, some commentators have accused older voters of selecting a future young people didn’t want. NATALIE WALKER spoke to Class 4B pupils at AKS School in St Annes about their thoughts.

Kerry Carter, Jonah Crouch, Oliver Wade, Jessica Addy, Hollie Whiteside, Priyanka Rajan - class 4B pupils at AKS Lytham Independent School

Kerry Carter, Jonah Crouch, Oliver Wade, Jessica Addy, Hollie Whiteside, Priyanka Rajan - class 4B pupils at AKS Lytham Independent School

Oliver Wade and Jonah Crouch, both nine, are concerned that their holidays in the sun will be changed.

Oliver said: “Now we have left there are a lot of things that are sad. We are going to be weaker because we are one country. Other countries may now decide to leave. In a few year’s time it might be different when we go on holiday on an aeroplane.”

Jonah said: “We had succeeded for years in the EU and it has been alright, so why could we not stay? Leaving the EU may also make holidays abroad more expensive.

“It is unfair because children aren’t allowed to vote. Adults are choosing our future.”

Kerry Carter is worried about the price of milk.

The nine-year-old said: “The shop prices may go up. Milk, that is now £1, could go up to £3 or £4 because items come from different countries.

“Many years ago they had a vote and they voted to remain in the EU and that didn’t do us any harm.”

Priyanka Rajan is disappointed about losing a Prime Minister who she loved.

She said: “We should have stayed in the EU because it had good rules. I now wonder whether we will have better rules. We have now lost our Prime Minister and he was quite a good Prime Minister.”

Jessica Addy, nine, is concerned that the country leaving the EU may prevent peace within Europe.

She said: “Younger people are the ones who have to grow up without being in the EU.

“If you were not sure which way to vote, it would have been safer to stay in, so things were the same.

“We made the EU to stop the world wars after the Second World War. So far it has worked within Europe. If we leave, there is a chance of another world war.

“It may make trading harder now too.”

Hollie Whiteside, nine, feels nostalgic and upset that she will no longer be part of the union.

She said: “It is better to be part of something. It is sad for people growing up thinking we are not in the EU.

“The NHS could be affected, because it is such a large organisation.”