Nicky Morgan’s stark warning: Young people will “suffer” if Britain leaves the EU

Education secretary warns Brexit would be “devastating”

Nicky Morgan

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Employers are already scared to advertise jobs in case of a Brexit, and it’s only going to get worse if it actually happens, according to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Young people will “suffer the most” and be “left in limbo”, Morgan is warning.

“As we saw from the recession that we’ve just been through, the people who suffer most are the youngest. Those who are trying to get into jobs and careers will suffer if companies and organisations are not hiring,” she told BBC Breakfast.

In a speech at the Fashion Retail Academy in London today, Morgan will stress the importance of Britain staying in the EU.

“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,” she will say.

“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 inter-generational 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.”

Meanwhile, the Vote Leave campaign said: “It is depressing that the education secretary is so willing to do down the chances of young people as part of Number 10’s desperate bid to win the referendum.

“The EU has not been good for young people, driving up costs and forcing down wages while leaving a generation unemployed on the continent.”

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