Young people must not lose out because of Brexit - Leanne Wood

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Dywedodd Leanne Wood Arweinydd Plaid Cymru heddiw na ddylai pobl ifanc fod ar eu colled yn sgil Brexit, gan ddadlau na ddylai’r genhedlaeth a bleidleisiodd yn llethol i Aros orfod dioddef canlyniadau gweithredoedd y genhedlaeth hŷn.

Leanne Wood said that her party would continue to make the case for Wales to maintain its European Economic Area member status, something that would allow students to continue reaping the benefits of being able to travel and study throughout the continent.

She also reiterated Plaid Cymru's commitment to campaigning in favour of lowering the voting age to 16.

Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood AM said:

"The UK's decision to leave the European Union risks resulting in a series of lost opportunities for young people in Wales and beyond.

"These include having access to schemes such as Erasmus+ and the right to study in the European Union - an opportunity which allowed young people to broaden their horizons and open new doors.

"The Horizon 2020 research funding currently also enables Welsh universities to compete on a world stage, providing world class education for our young people.

"It is important to note that 18-24 year olds voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union and they must not lose out due to the decisions of older generations.

"Despite this, the new Prime Minister seems hell bent on punishing young people and only this week there were reports that her government is set to crack down on higher education institutions, claiming that they give economic migrants easy access into the UK.

"Plaid Cymru will insist that the UK government makes every effort to cushion the impact leaving the EU has on the prospects of young people in Wales.

"We will make the case for Wales to benefit from continued membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) - something that would not only be positive for the economy but would also guarantee students the same rights and opportunities as they currently have.

"The Party of Wales will also continue to campaign on its commitment to engage more young people in politics by renewing the case for granting 16 and 17 year olds the vote.

"Plaid Cymru will make sure that no one is left behind as Wales weathers the impact of Brexit."

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