Claims by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan that voting to leave the EU would impact adversely on young people is “nonsense”, said MEP Jonathan Arnott.
In a speech today she is arguing that there has already been a drop in advertised job vacancies because of employers’ fears of a British exit from Europe.
“That is just scaremongering and ironically what will actually harm job prospects for both young and old is actually new legislation approved by the European Parliament,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP for the North East.
“This new law expands and strengthens the European job site, EURES, by making it mandatory that UK Job Centre Plus puts all jobs publicly advertised with them onto the site.
“Currently employers can voluntarily put vacancies on EURES but this new report means all public sector jobs will have to go on it.
“That is not going to help employment prospects for anyone including young people and I am particularly concerned as the North East has the highest regional unemployment in the country.
“Nicky Morgan talks of a vote to leave meaning a gamble with children’s and grandchildren’s future and that our influence as country would end at our shores. What absolute nonsense.
“The EU is in a state of economic decline while other countries are on the up, such as Brazil and India, and after Brexit we could sign our own trade agreements with whoever we chose.
“We must not forget our Commonwealth ties and freed from the grip of Brussels we can regain out independence and secure our future in the world,” said Mr Arnott.