On the final day of the last Spanish school year, June 24, the day after the UK's Brexit decision, my 10-year-old daughter Agnes asked her school friends to sign a t-shirt. The reason for this was simple: she didn't know whether she would still be allowed to stay in Spain following the vote. I suspect for most English 10-year-olds, Brexit is a distant, abstract thing, if it exists at all for them. But for Agnes, it is very real and something she thinks about and, unfortunately, worries about. In anticipation of Theresa May's visit to Madrid on Thursday, Agnes has laid out her views on Brexit below. The work is all hers.
By Agnes Hunt
As young as I am (10) I do understand the negative impact brexit has on Britain. There are huge perks of being a part of the EU. Together we've prevented wars and we brought in important laws. we made a community that Britain has decided to leave.
As part of the EU British people can travel freely to study, work or just live. Citizens of other countries could do the same in Britain.
Then there are just the little things, for convenience, like sharing the same currency, plug, and most drive on the same side of the road. There's also Schengen, another thing which Britain is not a part of.
As an English expat in Spain I do hope that there will be a second referendum. Teresa May has dealt very well with this situation so far, but I still stand by my word in saying that we should remain in the EU and we should have a second referendum for the people who didn't vote or people who have re-thought their decision.
I was born in England of Irish descent but live in Spain. I do not feel British or Irish or Spanish. I am a European citizen and Brexit is taking that away from me.
Even if my family and I have to leave Spain, I'm very glad I had this opportunity and I know that there are many others like me who have had a similar experience. Living in Spain I have been able to learn a new language, try new things. I've loved the weather, culture and meeting new people. Overall I've had an incredible time.
If Britain is really willing to leave I and many others understand why people have decided to vote leave. but we think that they are taking a wrong turn because they haven't been as lucky as me to understand the benefits of the EU. There shall be consequences of leaving the EU for example the pounds value has dropped. Here is a chart of what has happened.
Is this really what you want for you and the people of your country?
And next time you vote just remember you have a vote, a decision. Use it well because your country depends on it. Every vote counts