Big Bad Brexit
This year, NUS-USI produced a Brexit Strategy paper and we sent this to Brussels via the European Commission as well as circulating it to our membership.
We have met with all our main political parties, to lobby them on our objectives, and have also met with Dr Andrew McCormick, the newly-appointed Director General of International Relations in the Northern Ireland civil service, and with head of the European Commission in Northern Ireland, Colette FitzGerald. We plan to arrange future meetings via the Trilateral of NUS-USI, NUS UK and USI Ireland, with both the Irish and UK governments.
As well as this, we supported apprentices and the trade union Unite in Bombardier who were placed at risk during Brexit initiated trade disputes during the year.
NUS-USI lobbying objectives regarding the impact of Brexit
• We want guarantees on continued student mobility cross-border on the island of Ireland
• All EU citizens here must have the right to remain here
• Continued access to EU funding on teaching and learning
• There must be no increases in fees for students studying on a cross-border basis
• All protections and rights within the 1998 Belfast Agreement must be retained
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