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Students must be at the heart of campaign to protect rights from Brexit - Anderson

14 August, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said students need to be part of driving the campaign to protect rights from Brexit. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"Today I met with student leaders from the NUS/USI to discuss their concerns over Brexit and to take part in a scenario planning exercise in the event of a hard Brexit. 

"I made it clear that there is no such thing as a good Brexit for students, young people or universities. 

"Brexit will limit the opportunities of young people, hampering their ability to study, work and live across Europe and could lead to the imposition of international fees for studying across the EU. It could also impact on the funding universities currently receive for vital research. 

"Students have a long history for progressive and radical campaigning so I also challenged the student representatives as to what they are doing to oppose the Tory Brexit agenda and to defend their rights and the rights of everyone else. 

"50 years ago students were to the fore, among others, in the civil rights movement challenging discrimination and injustice. Today we need to see the same passion and determination from students and their representatives.

"We need to hear students, and all other groups in society making their voices heard and demanding special status for the north."

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