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Should the Union be in favour of British EU membership?

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Idea Title:

Should the Union be in favour of British EU membership?


What the idea is about:

We propose the Union takes an official stance on EU membership. This policy will allow the Union to lobby, mobilize and campaign for the UK to stay in EU up to the coming EU referendum.


Why have you proposed it?:

Leaving the EU could have severe implication for thousands of current EU students as well as British students going to European universities. Particularly due to EU tuition fees, Erasmus exchange programs and legal rights of EU students.

Other potential implications could be:

-           The loss of local political rights

-           Losing health care and insurance

-           Increased fees

-           Similar implications for UK students going to EU countries


Universities in the UK have come together with a clear message that leaving the EU would be harmful to higher education. There are currently 125,000 EU students at British universities, generating more than £2.2bn for the economy and creating 19,000 jobs, while 14 per cent of academic staff come from other EU nations.

Universities UK say that “Leaving the European Union would hit the economy, harm scientific research and damage graduates’ job prospects”.

From a perspective of student interests, there is no doubt that leaving the EU would be catastrophic. 



Thomas Howell
9:49am on 2 Apr 16 I disagree. In nearly all remain literature and prognostications we are presented with a false proposition: that a vote to leave will be a forceful, violent reassertion of national identity and politics with complete withdrawal from all Treaties with the EU. It. Will. Not. The people who manage our relationship with the EU currently will be the same managing our orderly withdrawal through rules laid out in the Lisbon treaty under article 50. Upon calling to leave using article 50 we would have 2 years to negotiate withdrawal; during this process there will be active negotiations which will likely see us adopt either EEA status, with a view to adopting long term EFTA status, which would see us still contributing to several EU budgets which are in our national interests, amongst them Erasmus, as well as guaranteeing the four freedoms of the EU. We know that Erasmus will be maintained because several non-EU are signatories and contributors to it, amongst them being Israel and Norway. Concerns about withdrawal from the EU are usually exaggerated from both sides of the argument; however, our long term national interests and that of the smaller states in Europe, namely the PIIGS, are best served by withdrawal from the supranational experiment. That goes double for our universities and graduates in a globalised world.
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