NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has responded to the vote in the Houses of Commons on 8 January, which saw an amendment fail that would have compelled Westminster to seek full involvement in the Erasmus+ programme after the implementation period.
He said, “We regret the British government’s decision not to support this clause, but it does not mean that Erasmus+ is over for students here. We will continue lobbying the UK government to urge them to commit to maintaining UK involvement in all parts of the Erasmus+ programme.
“Earlier this year the Irish government stated that they were keen to ensure that students in Northern Ireland would be able to continue to engage with the Erasmus+ programme. We are eager to work with them closely in the following months, so that future students continue to have the opportunities that so many have already enjoyed.”