Green MEP to deliver keynote address at Oxford teacher training event

Green MEP, Keith Taylor, will deliver the keynote address at the ‘Teaching the EU and Brexit with Confidence‘ teacher training event in Oxford on Friday, 4 May.

The event, hosted by the European Parliament Office in the UK and Active Citizens FE, aims to increase educators’ understanding of European political affairs in order to help develop students’ political literacy and comprehension of the European Union, European Parliament and Brexit.

The training day is the latest in a long-running series of politically neutral seminars designed to help facilitate citizens’ increased democratic participation in European Union affairs.

Mr.┬áTaylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Transport and Environment Committees and Vice President of the Local Government Association, has been invited to give teachers an insight into how the European Parliament works in practice and an update on MEPs’ role in the Brexit process.

Ahead of the event at the Maison Francaise d’Oxford, the senior Green Party┬ápolitician┬ásaid:

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to speak to teachers and educators; the importance of practical political education is too often overlooked by policymakers. It is teachers on the frontline who are doing their utmost to redress that oversight. And I’m only too happy to help.”

“The EU referendum, the campaigns surrounding it, and the coverage of them revealed the real dearth of reliable information communicated about the workings of the European Union. For decades now, the mainstream media and politicians with vested interests have resorted to misleading and lazy stereotypes and disingenuous and invented outrage about ‘Brussels’.”

“In such an environment, it is essential that neutral and accurate political information is available to the decisionmakers of tomorrow. From the functioning of the European Parliament to the parties involved in the Brexit negotiating process, it is essential that young people, and their teachers, can access education to counterbalance the often partisan, and predominantly, right-wing coverage of the EU and Brexit.”

“I believe the inevitable consequence of young people learning more about the European Parliament and Brexit is that, sadly, they will see, if they haven’t already, that it is their lives and their futures that will be most affected by leaving the European Union and the decisions being made on their behalf, but without their input.”

“The Green Party is not only calling for a People’s Poll on the terms of any final Brexit deal but also for 16 and 17-year-olds to be given a vote. Those most affected by Brexit were denied a vote in the EU referendum, it is only right they are finally given an opportunity to have their say on a decision that will define a generation.”