We are proud to support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal and call on the student movement to join us on Saturday 20th October in London for the People’s Vote March for the Future.
In 2017, NUS launched its ‘Getting the Best from Brexit’ campaign with the stated aim of “attempting to influence the outcome of the negotiation process at a number of different levels” to “get the best from Brexit” for students. These objectives included:
1) To negotiate for special immigration status for EU and UK students and academics, to ensure that they remain able to move across the EU freely for work and study;
2) To campaign for the UK to remain a full member of the Erasmus+ scheme and to secure a commitment from MPs that the UK will be a member of any similar schemes in the future;
3) To campaign to remove international students from net migration targets.
For the first phase of the campaign the goal was to negotiate continued mobility within EU countries for students and academics, so that they can study and teach freely after the UK has left the EU. We have built relationships across the sector, with MPs across all a number of political parties (Conservative, Labour, SNP) who have been in support of our campaign. Our public-facing campaign - #StudentsOfTheWorld - was launched in November 2017 and remains ongoing.
However, Cabinet resignations have thrown the Brexit negotiations into chaos. It’s no wonder that students and young people have lost faith. It is now clear that our generation deserves to have their voices heard in the final deal via a People’s Vote.
We are clear in our belief that a #PeoplesVote doesn't solve the issues which led to the Brexit vote. Another referendum would be hugely divisive, if not more so than the first, in part because the government would have failed to deliver on the "will of the people".
But if the best-case scenario (EEA and Single Market Brexit) is half a million job losses and the worst-case scenario (No deal), may result in 2 million job losses, it will be students, especially those from working class and ethnic minority backgrounds who will suffer.
Ultimately, we need a guarantee from Westminster. Students are losing all faith in the process. We need a guarantee that the future of students and young people in the UK is safe because if a good deal cannot be agreed, it’s our generation, and generations to follow, who will have the most to lose.
That’s why we are calling for a #PeoplesVote, and we encourage students to take action and join us at the People’s Vote March for the Future in Central London on Saturday 20th October, so that we can demand a say on the final deal.
What can you do
1) Join us! By marching in large numbers, we’ll send a clear message to Westminster that we are a force too powerful to ignore. You can find out more about the march and sign up by clicking here.
2) Get your students’ union involved! You can find our mobilisation guide for students’ unions here.
3) Join our virtual demo [link to be confirmed]! We know not everyone can make it down to London for the demo, but this is a great way for you to still be involved and make your voice heard.
In June, over 100,000 people joined us on the streets of London. This time, it's going to be even bigger and better.
Join us on Saturday 20th October at People's Vote March for the Future and make sure students are too loud to ignore.