Could entrepreneurship be the real cure against the side effects of Brexit?

theresa-may-jean-claude-juncker-2016

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, received Theresa May, British Prime Minister. Handshake between Theresa May, on the left, and Jean-Claude Juncker. Date: 21/10/2016 Reference: P-032756/00-03 Location: Brussels – EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Etienne Ansotte

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Krisztian Ivan, Director of the Finance and Private Cooperation at the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE).

As Donald Tusk very clearly stated on the EPC 20th Anniversary Conference: “the only real alternative of a hard Brexit is no Brexit at all”.[1] Multiple messages suggested from the leaders of Europe that the Union would be still willing and happy to keep Britain among its members, however unlikely this scenario should be after Theresa May’s statement, namely that “Brexit means Brexit”.[2]

Whereas there is an agreement among the citizens of Europe that the “voice of the people” should be respected, we have major concerns about the voice of the youth being ignored repeatedly by decision makers. The youth clearly wants to see a united Europe. The youth understands that we are truly stronger and more successful if we are working together on mutually beneficial, win-win solutions instead of pushing our own agenda. No wonder therefore that the youth voted with a huge majority for Remain, namely with 75% among the 24 years old and younger.[3]

Every change, however painful it should be, brings a new opportunity with itself. Luckily, entrepreneurs always found a way to break down boarders and make their ideas and products available for a much larger community than the citizens of a country. They have also always found a way to lobby politicians into more beneficial regulations for international trade and business and therefore make the positive effects of globalisation available for most of the population of our planet.[4] The most effective cure against the negative effects of a possible hard Brexit therefore is to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit and empower the entrepreneurs of the future.

Luckily, if politicians fail to live up to the expectations of the millennials in decision making, civil society still has a way to create and nurture connections in the whole European community, including Britain. Having a network without borders has a huge benefit for aspiring entrepreneurs, as it helps to understand and work with different cultures and people from different backgrounds. We at JADE are proud to work on a creation of JADE UK, our confederation in the United Kingdom, to make the benefits of the membership of a European organisation available for British students.

We believe that there are times when action is required. There are times when we must step up to build bridges to foster connections among the whole European community. This is one of those times and we are fully committed to unite the youth of Europe, Brexit or not, to co-create a better future.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/13/its-hard-brexit-or-no-brexit-at-all-says-eu-council-president

[2] https://www.ft.com/content/3328547a-7e3d-11e6-bc52-0c7211ef3198

[3] http://www.politico.eu/article/britains-youth-voted-remain-leave-eu-brexit-referendum-stats/

[4] https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2015/09/28/04/53/sp060204

About the author

Krisztian Ivan, the author of the article, is a member of JADE – European Confederation of Junior Enterprises’ executive board as the Director of the Finance and Private Cooperation departments in which he works with companies as Simon Kucher & Partners, Microsoft or Covestro. He is an entrepreneur himself and the former Managing Director of a property management company. Originally from Hungary, he has travelled in several countries and is now studying in the United Kingdom, at University of Brighton, and doing his BsC Business Management with Economics degree.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Europe provides financial support to African countries while Turkey denies to change terrorism laws jeopardising the EU deal

“Be aware where you put your I Agree signature on and something else”; now Facebook by default opts you in an unseen private data bazar

Ukrainian civil war: Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?

Will the French let Macron destroy their party political system?

MWC 2016 LIVE: Stripe gives payments leg-up to startups in emerging markets

Zhua Zhou: Choosing The Future

Merkel’s triumph will make Berlin more unbending

“Hasta la vista” Google says to Spain and now Europe is next?

Alexis Tsipras ready to test Eurozone’s political sturdiness; Up to what point?

Press coverage of migration crisis in Europe: a call for collaborative action

G20 LIVE: The European Sting covers online world news and the latest developments at G20 from Antalya Turkey

Mario Draghi didn’t do it but Kim Jong-un did

The EU Commission by serving the banks offers poor support to European mainstream political parties

What options the new President of Ukraine has?

EU Parliament says ‘no’ to austerity budget

Parliament toughens its position on banking union

Alexandre in Czech Republic

EU Commission: a rise in wages and salaries may help create more jobs

American negotiators can’t pay for their trip to Brussels, EU-US trade agreement freezes

The European Commission cuts roaming charges. But “it’s not enough”…

Can one FTA and 110 lobby meetings make the dirty oil clean in Europe?

A day that Berlin and Brussels would remember for a long time

Who is responsible for public health? The tendencies and its benefits –or not– on Health Education around the world

China’s stock markets show recovery signs while EU is closely watching in anticipation of the €10bn investment

Europe must regain its place as world leader in digital technology

EU: Protecting victims’ rights from cartels and market abuses

Not much of a help the new EU Directive on pensions

Merry Christmas from Erdogan, Putin, Mogherini and the Polish firefighter

Quality Education on the table at the European Parliament

A Sting Exclusive: “Youth voice must be heard in climate change negotiations!”, Bérénice Jond Board Member of European Youth Forum demands from Brussels

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

The Franco-German axis considers that all EU needs now is more armaments

Eurozone dignitaries play with people’s life savings

Access to healthcare: what do we lack?

Advocate General ‘outlaws’ Data Retention Directive

The EU slowly exits from “Excessive Deficit Procedure” and hopefully from ‘Excessive Austerity Procedure’ too

The MWC14 Sting Special Edition

Catalan Pro-Independence vote: how many hits can Brussels sustain at the same time?

Lithuania should find its own way in the EU

IFMSA and IPSF on the Health of Migrants and Refugees

EU’s Mogherini visits Turkey “to step up engagement” and highlight interests

EU Parliament: It takes real banks to fight unemployment and recession

What the US and the world can expect from the 8 November election?

Hardened creditors drive Greece to dire straits; Tsipras desperate for an agreement

Let’s Learn

Only the Americans are unhappy with the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine

Landmark EU Parliament – ECB agreement on bank supervision

A young student discusses the determinants of migration in the European Union

Breaking news on European Youth Employment: European Youth Forum Guide tackles poor quality internships!

Can China deal with climate change without the U.S.?

Solitary Britain sides with US aggressing Russia and chooses hard Brexit

A Year in China

The Banking Union divides deeply the European Union

EU threatens Japan to suspend FTA negotiations if…

The EU Parliament endorses tax on financial transactions

France and Poland to block David Cameron’s plans on immigration

How to provide health education and thus create better health systems

ECOFIN: Protecting bankers and tax-evaders

Bureaucracy in the member states again the obstacle for long due strong European Hedge Funds

Why France, Italy and the US press Germany to accept a cheaper euro and pay for Greece

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s