On the day that a budget bill for Northern Ireland is being put though Westminster, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said politicians must wake up to the need for an immediate deal on devolution here. She said a lack of a government here, coupled with Brexit, could leave thousands of students and young people feeling that they have no other option but to leave Northern Ireland.
NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said “Its time politicians woke up to the fact that without an urgent devolution deal, the power of self-governance will leave Northern Ireland.
“Politicians simply must not sleepwalk into letting devolution slip away, because what sort of message would that send out for the future to students and young people? They want a future of hope and opportunity and they don’t want the uncertainty that devolution deadlock and Brexit brings.
“We do not want to lose a generation of students and young people who may feel they are being forced to leave Northern Ireland to seek educational and career opportunities that may not be available here because of Brexit and a devolution stalemate. We need urgent action, and it is essential that politicians demonstrate the determination and spirit of partnership needed to get devolution back up and running as soon as possible.”