Over 6 in 10 students are likely to vote for a political party willing to protect future study opportunities within Europe for UK students post Brexit, with students aged 23 to 29 years, masters students and recent graduates significantly more likely to support such candidates in the general election today.
Students in the north east and north west of England (69 per cent in each) are most likely of all regions to support candidates promoting this action, despite the majority of voters in these regions deciding to leave Europe in the 2016 Referendum.
The NUS survey of students across the UK, looked at issues of concern to students aged 18 to 50 plus, in this general election, and asked them how likely or unlikely they were to vote for candidates supporting certain measures. NUS has long been a critic of Brexit as any deal secured would be worse for students than remaining in the EU. Worse still would be to leave with no deal, with potentially catastrophic consequences for peace in Northern Ireland, the position of EU students and staff studying and working here, funding for research and further education, and much else besides.
Speaking on the publication of the survey findings, NUS Vice President (Union Development), Erica Ramos, said:
“Brexit has created political paralysis and too often a less open-minded and a more fearful society. Meanwhile, students and young people have been ignored by too many politicians, even though it is their future that will be decided in the next few months.
“Brexit dominates this general election so it’s no surprise that students will be thinking about the impact of Brexit when they cast their votes on Thursday. Young people believe that global education is the way forward for a better society and a better world. The importance of access to opportunities in Europe remains a key concern of young people and students have the opportunity to reject the narrow-minded, insular attitude that threatens to make the UK poorer socially and financially.
“There should never ever be barriers to global education, and more importantly, there should never ever be borders to education.”
“I encourage all those registered to use your vote and tell our future political leaders what you want our relationship with our closest neighbours to be.