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Lib Dems launch campaign to save Erasmus programme following Brexit

July 7, 2016 12:14 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to safeguard student access to the Erasmus Scheme. Brexit now puts the exchange scheme at risk.

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange programme established in 1987. Millions of British people have benefitted from the scheme over the last thirty years, and over 100,000 were due to take part in the next few years.

The Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign and have demanded the Government make sure that in any Brexit negotiation that the scheme is safeguarded.

Commenting on the campaign launch, Liberal Democrat party leader Tim Farron said:

"Exchange programmes like Erasmus work to erode the culturally rooted mistrust that sets nations against nation. Erasmus stands as an avenue of hope for future cooperation."

"This is why the Liberal Democrats are launching this campaign to protect students' rights to access it even if we leave Europe. Tens of thousands of students starting university in September will be hoping for the chance to take part in this scheme, and we call on the government to confirm that they will be able to do so, Brexit or not."

Liberal Youth member, Rebecca Eloise said:

"I did my Erasmus year abroad in France as a Language Assistant, in Belgium as an au pair and in Russia as a Language student. I met many new friends, including my Dutch boyfriend who has now moved to the UK. Erasmus made me so much more confident in myself, my goals and my abilities."

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Notes to Editors - Sign the petition to urge EU leaders to preserve ERASMUS opportunities for UK students:http://change.libdems.org.uk/save_erasmus_programme?recruiter_id=1103570

The campaign can be found on Twitter at: #SaveErasmus

Erasmus have released a short statement on their website about the deep uncertainty, they said: "It is not clear at this early stage what the impact of the recent UK vote to leave the EU will have on the Erasmus Programme. We appreciate your concern for the programme but unfortunately you may have to be patient as definitive answers on the programmes future, particularly in relation to UK Students and Universities, may take time."