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Got 5? to vote in European Parliamentary elections

Tuesday 14 May 2019

NUS is encouraging all students to have their say in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections and to vote for candidates who commit to and endorse eight essential policies.

Publishing a succinct manifesto, NUS UK has called on all students and young people to have their voices heard and tell leaders what they want the relationship with our closest neighbours to be.

In less than 10 days time, on Thursday 23 May, people across the country will go to the polls to vote on who will represent them at a European level. The European Parliamentary elections are an opportunity for the views of students and young people to be known by politicians at all levels of our democracy.

Shakira Martin, NUS President comments:

“The last few years have seen the UK divided. Brexit has created political paralysis and too often a less tolerant and more fearful society. Students and young people have been ignored by too many politicians since the EU referendum, even though it’s their future that will be decided in the next few months.

“It is vital student opinion is heard, and by voting in these elections we can shape the debate and influence the future. We need to send a clear message that we must have a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal, and that if Brexit goes ahead the UK must protect EU students and apprentices and guarantee to replace the crucial funding the EU provides to our FE and HE sectors.

“Please take some time to look at party manifestos, and make sure you vote on 23 May.”


NUS’ manifesto encourages students to VOTE for parties and candidates standing in these elections who commit to and endorse eight essential policies:

  1. Hold a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal agreed by the UK.
  2. Guarantee EU funding, post-Brexit, which has previously supported access to further education and apprenticeships.
  3. Guarantee EU funding, post-Brexit, which has previously supported research in higher education.
  4. Guarantee protections for EU national apprentices post-Brexit.
  5. Protect inward and outward student mobility post-Brexit, including participation in fully-funded Erasmus+ or any successor schemes and cross-border study on the island of Ireland.
  6. Create a fair immigration system for all migrants including international students, with post-study work visas lasting at least two years.
  7. Ensure no hard border on the island of Ireland and protect peace and the Good Friday agreement.
  8. Ensure continued recognition of UK and EU qualifications post-Brexit.