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Scotland’s students backing ballot on EU future

NUS Scotland are calling on political parties to back a final vote on Brexit, ensuring students have a say in the decision to leave the EU.

This comes as NUS Scotland launch their manifesto for the European elections.

NUS Scotland is calling for candidates to back a final vote on exiting the EU and, in the event of Brexit, a guarantee that EU funding in further and higher education will be replaced; no hard border on the island of Ireland and protection of the Good Friday Agreement; protection of student mobility programmes like ERASMUS+; and a fairer immigration system.

Commenting, NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe said:

“As the disaster of Brexit continues to unfold, we’re calling for Scotland’s political parties to commit to protecting opportunities for students and to give them a voice.

“Students will be one of the groups who will be worst affected by the consequences of Brexit. Those students – many of whom were 16 and 17 years old and excluded from voting – now face being denied countless opportunities in research, funding and study thanks to Brexit.

“We demand that students have their voices heard. We will not sit idle whilst Brexit wreaks havoc on the lives Scotland’s students depriving them of both certainty and opportunity.”

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