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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Student exchange after Brexit

A resolution tabled by ECPYouth on student exchange after brexit has been endorsed by ECPM members during the 14th General Assembly of ECPM on the 23rd of May 2017.

As it is unsure unsure which possible difficulties the European Union (EU) will face in the future in working together with the United Kingdom (UK) after they have left the EU, ECPYouth addresses the issue that a Brexit will most likely affect a large number of youth in the UK and in the EU Member States. It is expected that studying in the UK will be much more difficult for foreign students and it is uncertain whether the UK can stay in exchange programmes like Erasmus. Therefore, the resolution calls upon the European Commission to make sure that UK students and EU students will still be able to participate in Erasmus and other exchange programmes offered by universities in the UK and in the EU.

On the 23rd of May 2017 during the ECPM General Assembly in Warsaw, Poland, ECPYouth presented this resolution on behalf of their members. The ECPM members have voted in favour of this resolution. The full text of the resolution is available below this article.

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ECPM Resolution on Student Exchange after Brexit 
(Accepted during the ECPM General Assembly on 23 May 2017 in Warsaw, Poland)

The European Christian Political Movement:

Considering that it is unsure which possible difficulties the European Union (EU) will face in the future in working together with the United Kingdom (UK) after they have left the EU.

Considering that the European Commission and the main European leaders want the UK to pay a high price for leaving the EU.

Stressing the fact that a good relationship with the UK is crucial and beneficial for both the UK and the EU in many different areas such as trade, security and education.

Considering that the Brexit will most likely affect a large number of youth in the UK and in the EU Member States, as it is expected that studying in the UK will be much more difficult for foreign students and it is uncertain whether the UK can stay in exchange programmes like Erasmus.

Considering that studying abroad strongly contributes to the development of young people in many ways.

Considering that in the past both thousands of European and UK students have participated in such programmes and exchanges.

Urges the European Commission to negotiate a deal with the UK that ensures the mobility of students in the UK and the EU.

Calls upon the European Commission to make sure that UK students and EU students will still be able to participate in Erasmus and other exchange programmes offered by universities in the UK and in the EU, at reasonable costs.


Click here for the full text of the resolution.