Minister for Europe visits Aston as referendum looms

Minister for Europe visits Aston
Pictured left to right: Professor Simon Green , David Lidington, Tim Miller

19 May 2016

Young people will “reap the benefits for generations” if the UK votes to remain in the EU, the Minister for Europe told students at Aston University today (May 19).

  David Lidington, travelling the country on a regional tour ahead of the June 23 referendum, urged students to register to vote to “shape Britain’s future in a positive way”.

Addressing students at Aston University, the Minister will also call on young people to talk to their parents and grandparents to encourage them to “think about what the impact of a leap into the dark will mean” for the future.

The Minister also toured the University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), a world-class facility pioneering the development and production of sustainable energy sources and the utilisation of products for renewable power, heat, transport fuels, hydrogen and chemicals. 

The facility acts as a focus for pan-European research activities and receives funding from a variety of international organisations.

Speaking at EBRI, the Minister for Europe, David Lidington, said:

  “This vote is the biggest political decision we will make in our lifetime. It’s clear to me that Britain would be stronger, safer and better off inside a reformed European Union.

“From collaboration in science and technology, to abolishing roaming charges and attracting trade and investment to create the jobs of the future, staying in the EU will mean young people reap the benefits for generations to come.

“Young people have a chance to shape Britain’s future in a positive way in the EU referendum so I hope to see as many young people as possible register and vote in the EU referendum.

“Now is the time for young people to speak to their relatives – of all ages – to think about the opportunities open to the next generation through our membership of the EU and the risks involved in a leap into the dark.”