we asked young londoners why they want britain to remain in the eu, part two

As David Cameron urges people to continue to try and register to vote in the UK for the forthcoming EU referendum, we take to the streets of London and find out why young Brits don't want a Brexit. A cultural capital made great by its wealth of...

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Jun 8 2016, 12:00pm

Ethan Robert Richards, 20, London. Modou Adams, 18, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Mali and Senegal.
What do you do? Modou: Model and head PR for a creative collective. Ethan: Model and skateboard.
Why is it important that people register to vote? Modou: To make sure that society and the environment prosper. Ethan: Because you should take every opportunity you are given.
Why are you Vote Remain? Modou: The EU has to stay intact. Ethan: Because I can't see how leaving would benefit the UK.
What do you say to those who want to leave the EU? Modou: I encourage them to go out and explore the world. Ethan: Why!?
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? Modou: I would vouch for peace and serenity in the world. Ethan: Encourage people to be themselves and focus on creating something beautiful.
Can/should fashion be political? Both: It can be.
@bushybroweth @boywholives

Lily Rose Thomas, 26, from London
What do you do? Work on video at i-D / photographer by weekend.
Why is it important that people register to vote? This is the most important decision of our life time - every vote counts!
Why are you Vote Remain? We're better together.
What would you like to say anyone wanting us to leave the EU? I'm not sure if I could support the same argument as Nigel Farage.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? I like being a part of Europe and the freedom it gives us.
And the worst? Are there any changes you'd like to see? We could be doing a lot more to solve the refugee crisis, instead of treating refugees like criminals.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? A lot of things, but I would try and solve the housing crisis rather than just talk about it.
@lilyrosethomas

Julia Fodor - Princess Julia, 56, London
What do you do? Write, DJ, Paint.
Why is it important that people register to vote? It's important to use your voice, always!
Why are you Vote Remain? Think about it… we're part of the European community. We should all work together for the better of everyone.
What do you say to those who want to leave the EU? Why would you?!
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? I've always felt part of a bigger community, my father was Hungarian, we're all parts of each other.
And the worst? Are there any changes you'd like to see? Being part of the EU means we work together to change things for the better, it's all a process as is life itself, learning from mistakes and moving forward.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I'm not a politician, it's not a life I would choose but I do think voting is important.
Can/should fashion be political? Yes it certainly has the power to reflect social commentary and change opinion.
@hrhprincessjulia

Bojana Kozarevic, 26, Belgrade, Serbia via Liverpool
What do you do? Fashion assistant.
Why is it important that people register to vote? Because it does make a difference.
Why are you Vote Remain? Because I'm voting for safety, equality and opportunity.
What would you like to say anyone wanting us to leave the EU? Everyone has a right to their opinion, but this choice could have bad consequences.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? We get to travel.
Can/should fashion be political? Yes, this t-shirt is political!
@bojana_koz

Anja Konstantinova, 25, Australia
What do you do? Florist. Model @Viva
Why is it important that people register to vote? So they have a say!
Why are you Vote Remain? Equality!
What would you like to say anyone wanting us to leave the EU? If you have nothing to say, don't say anything at all.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? Being able to travel and the EU global warming laws.
Can/should fashion be political? Yes.
@anja_konstantinova

William Farr, 24, Huddersfield
What do you do? Artist.
Why is it important that people register to vote? You never know what might happen.
Why are you Vote Remain? I believe in a united world.
What do you say to those who want to leave the EU? Please don't vote - if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? Cheap flights.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I wouldn't lie so much.
Can/should fashion be political? Ask Louis XIV (BBC iPlayer)
@william_farr

Diana Chire, 28, Egypt/British
What do you do? Artist.
Why is it important that people register to vote? It's important that a younger generation register to vote so that it's not just an older generation.
Why are you Vote Remain? As an artist it is fundamental that we remain in the EU because rising cost in living will be increased as well as cuts being made in the arts.
What do you say to those who want to leave the EU? To really reconsider and access how it will effect a younger generation. In years to come.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? Being able to travel and work abroad in the EU - without a visa. As an artist planning on a residency in Berlin, things would be so much more difficult as well as expensive.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? There are many people who are in real trouble and danger in their countries/with war and famine. Allowing these vulnerable people in the EU should be reconsidered.
Can/should fashion be political? Fashion has always been political from the Mods to Punk. It's a great way to express political views not violently.
@dianachire

Ieva Zubavicuite, 32, Lithuania. Aleksadras Chieliauskas, 1.
What do you do? I run my fashion e-commerce, Fashion Bloc
Why is it important that people register to vote? So they don't miss the chance to decide their own destiny.
Why are you Vote Remain? Because I'm a world citizen, born in Lithuania, based in the UK.
What do you say to those who want to leave the EU? Stay! It's more fun united and together.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? Being a multicultural hub.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I would take more responsibility for every word I pronounce.
Can/should fashion be political? Yes, definitely, if it has to make a statement!
@fashionbloc

Georgia Howorth, model at Viva London

Simon Pentleton, 45, Scotland
What do you do? Artist and fashion designer.
Why are you Vote Remain? For a more open world.
What would you like to say anyone wanting us to leave the EU? Closed minded.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? Mixed society.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? Help the underprivileged.
@simonpentleton

India Sleem, 20, Manchester
What do you do? Art Direction student.
Why is it important that people register to vote? The freedom to be able to study/work/travel abroad.
What do you say to those who want to leave the EU? Think about the fact that the consequences of leaving are so unpredictable.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? A unified continent and the ability to live in other European countries.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? Speak and listen to millennials.
@indiasl

Nellie Eden, 25, London
What do you do? Journalist.
Why is it important that people register to vote? Apathy isn't a stance.
Why are you Vote Remain? Because our future relies on a communicative Europe. There's been so much bloodshed.
What would you like to say anyone wanting us to leave the EU? The Tory government almost abolished the Human Rights Act not long ago, and the buck can't stop at the boy's club that is the Tory Party.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? The trade union support, regulation on the budget and an immigration system that's more pro human rights.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? Like fuck I'd get into politics.
Can/should fashion be political? Yes.
@nellieeden

Margot Bowman, 27, London
What do you do? Artist.
Why is it important that people register to vote? Democracy isn't perfect but it's the system we've got.
Why are you Vote Remain? Because I believe in openness.
What do you say to those who want to leave the EU? What's lost is lost forever.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? Open minded culture.
@margotbowman

Kit Neale, London
What do you do? Fashion designer
Why are you taking part in the Stronger In campaign? I feel obliged to highlight the importance the EU relationship is to the fashion sector. I would feel liable if I were to stand silent on the side and see the possibility that the country votes in favour to leave. I believe we must do all we can to educate the importance of the EU to the UK. Above all, the EU is profoundly important for our culture, our unity, prosperity, peace and our freedom - I will not stand accountable for denying this to future generations.
What's the best thing about Britain being in the EU? The free movement of persons to work, reside or travel in any EU member state without a permit. The free movement of goods, services, labour and capital.
Why is it important that people register to vote? I love the Wolfgang Tillmans quote 'What is lost is lost forever' - that may be good or bad depending on your stance but i believe it is important to have your say and not let others decide for you. How privileged we are to have a right to vote.
Can/should fashion be political? Yes, I think everyone can be political and I think fashion should be political if its appropriate for them. Shall a designer or brand choose to use their influence to better society that should be celebrated.
If you were a politician, what would you do differently? I would always tell the truth.
@kitneale

Credits


Photography Holly Falconer
Assistants: Eddie Blagbrough, Amber Tanc
Thanks to Wolfgang Tillmans, Protein Studios, Labyrinth Photographic and everyone who answered our open call.