The European Parliament has decided to remain present in the United Kingdom after Brexit and allow young Britons to participate in parliamentary programs along with the millions of EU citizens living in that country.
After the European Parliament (EP) decided in February 2019 to remain present in the United Kingdom through its London office, last week President David Sassoli and Parliament's leadership decided to tailor their communication programs to enable young Britons to meet with their fellow citizens from countries of the Union continue to participate in them, the European Parliament announced.
The European Parliament wants to continue to be present in the UK education system and will offer all schools in the country participation in programs such as Euroscola, through which students learn more about the functioning of the European Parliament and the Union, and the School of Ambassadors of the European Parliament.
Euroscola is the European Parliament's regular annual program through which upper secondary school students from all EU Member States learn about European issues in a practical way.
Students from EU member states represent their schools in pre-competitions in their own countries, the most successful of which go to Strasbourg and one day in the EU plenary hall participate in a simulation of the work of MEPs and vote on decisions related to current issues from European practices.
The EP Ambassador's School program aims to raise the level of information of young people about the European Union, as well as awareness of common European values and the rights they have as European citizens. It works in such a way that the teacher has the role of senior ambassador of the European Parliament, and interested students involved in the program become junior ambassadors and establish an info-point in their schools to inform about European institutions.
Young people in the UK will also be able to take part in programs such as the European Youth Event (EYE), where thousands of young people gather at Strasbourg's parliament every other year to discuss with EU MEPs the challenges facing the EU and how to address them.
After almost 50 years of membership, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union on 31 January 2020, and the EU included the country in the list of third countries. In doing so, London has left the single market, the customs union and, among other things, the EU's Erasmus student exchange program.
The day before the UK's exit from the single European market, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Union leaders signed an agreement on relations between the two sides after Brexit.