On Thursday, people across the EU will have the opportunity to vote in European elections; the United Kingdom is included in this. Whether you want to leave or remain in the EU, I urge you to go out and vote.

Brexit has dominated the UK political agenda for the past three years. The British public has not had an opportunity to vote since the 2017 general election. We are now in a position in which we have clarity on the potential outcome we will face if the UK leaves the EU.

These European elections give us the opportunity to democratically communicate how we feel about the way in which parties have handled Brexit. Other issues such as the environment, the economy and poverty have been raised during the campaign. These matters are all linked to the EU; and, as a result, all linked to Brexit. For the time being, we remain a member state of the EU and as a result decisions that are made by our MEPs, who work in cooperation with MEPs from the other 27 member states, will continue to affect us. By turning out to vote this Thursday, you can influence the decisions that are made on these fundamental matters; you can have your say.

 ‘Demographically speaking, young people make up a disproportionately large percentage of the electorate, so our collective vote holds real clout in Thursday’s outcome. Behavioural trends in voting highlight that people typically vote for the same political party as others who are within the same age-bracket as them. As young people we are drawn to campaigns focusing on social justice, the environment and LGBT+ rights. Put in real terms, we want to see legislation that concerns the climate crisis, the protection of refugees and migrants, gay marriage, trans rights, abortion de-regulation and the gender pay gap.

It is crucial that young people turn out to vote so that MEPs that represent us and our views are elected and as a result these issues can be legislated upon. The consequence of a low youth turnout would mean that issues that affect us are even less likely to be raised and the crucial legislation that matters to us will not be enacted.

I am not in a position to suggest who you should vote in you want to leave the EU. However, if you want to remain in the EU then I urge you to consider remainvoter.com to help you understand how to maximise your vote in your region. This way you can best utilise your vote.

These elections will give a clear indication on the UK public’s feelings towards Brexit, so it is crucial that you have your say. At the end of the day, every single vote matters – your vote matters.