A statement from Scouting on the EU Referendum outcome. 

We know that many members will be closely following the political and economic situation after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016.

As a politically neutral organisation, we did not seek to influence individual views on the referendum, instead encouraging our members to vote. However, we will continue to work with politicians, community leaders and institutions of all kinds to help provide opportunities for young people, support for volunteers and positive benefits for our local communities.

As part of a global family, and a member of World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), The Scout Association works together with other National Scout Organisations across Europe and the wider world. In fact a UK Delegation has recently returned from a highly successful European Guide and Scout Conference in Oslofjord, Norway where we spent time exchanging ideas and sharing successes. This sort of cooperation and support will continue. 

It is during times like these that Scouting is valued most. Scouting is a unifying force, bringing together divided communities, promoting shared values of cooperation, integrity, care, belief and respect. We are heartened by the fact that many of our leaders sent messages of support to volunteers originally from other EU countries thanking them for their continued support.

While there are still many unknowns, we will watch the situation closely, ensuring that we put young people first, that we do not compromise our values and that we continue to promote tolerance, understanding and friendship across our communities.

Thank you for your own dignified behaviour during this potentially challenging time of change. As ambassadors for Scouting and role models for young people, it is vital that we provide a good example and are respectful of each other’s views and opinions. 

Wayne Bulpitt
UK Chief Commissioner

Hannah Kentish
UK Youth Commissioner 

Matt Hyde
Chief Executive of The Scout Association