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.