Today Liberal Youth delivered their petition to save the Erasmus+ exchange programme to Catherine Bearder MEP and member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, Yana Toom MEP.
Over 10,000 people have backed the Liberal Democrat’s petition to safeguard the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ following the EU referendum.
A group of 20 former, current and hopeful Erasmus students will travel to Brussels to share their Erasmus+ stories. Erasmus+ has benefited over 200,000 UK students and apprentices, but future generations may now lose this unique opportunity to study abroad.
Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder said:
“I’m delighted to welcome 20 young, bright campaigners here to the Parliament to protect their rights to live, study and work abroad.
“The young people that had a vote in the referendum voted overwhelmingly to Remain in the EU and their future should be at the forefront of our minds in upcoming negotiations.
“It is not for older generations to snatch the rights of young people away from them and yet that is the risk we could very well face.
Rachel Bale, studying French law at the University of Kent, said:
“Studying abroad in Paris was a great way to improve my French and make new friends.
“I was absolutely distraught at the Brexit vote, it is such a wasted opportunity for young people.”
Tom Fitzsimon, from Aylesbury, studying Industrial Engineering at Barcelona University, added:
“Since Brexit my whole family have been scrambling to get Irish citizenship - we realise how many opportunities could be lost when we leave.”