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Brexit will adversively affect young people, who – despite having votes against Brexit in the majority – will have to bear most of the costs in the long-term. We need to make sure that young people are not cut off from the EU. Exchange programmes such as Erasmus+ must remain open to UK students. Moreover, they should be incentivised to travel and work in the EU. Our position is that the door must stay open to the UK and that they will join the EU again, unless they decide not to leave it after all in the first place.
The cohesion policy is an important channel to show solidarity and support weaker communes and regions in Europe. In the current debate about the future rules for cohesion funding, it is often suggested that governments that don’t abide to European values and decisions should be sanctioned by suspending these funds. However, the S&D should clearly position itself against such sanctions: weaker communes and regions are not responsible for the behaviour of the government of their countries. Furthermore, suspending cohesion funds might fuel anti-European ressentiment. We must not make the mistake and deepen the division that is currently growing between countries ruled by anti-European governments and the EU.