NUS President Zamzam Ibrahim responds the vote in Parliament today (9 January 2020).
“The decision by MPs to vote against negotiating continued full association to the EU’s Erasmus programme is reckless and shows students are being used as pawns in politicians’ games. Nevertheless we are hopeful that the government will make the right decision in seeking association and were pleased to see the Universities Minister clarify that the vote did not mean the government will not do so.
"It is imperative that whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations opportunities for students to study abroad are maintained. Erasmus is a ready-made platform that allows for students to undertake short placements abroad that can fit in better with their usual studies. NUS will step up our efforts in demonstrating the importance of the scheme to both the sector and the UK government. We are calling on the UK government to recognise the benefits of Erasmus and seek full association.”