‘We utterly reject any course of action that would increase our economic and political insecurity, or that would close off our country and our minds from the rest of the world.
This is why Britain’s young people are the most pro-European generation, and why we view leaving Europe as a fundamental threat to our wellbeing and our values.
The EU is of immense value to Britain’s students. The Erasmus programme allows young people studying in Birmingham to spend a term or a year in Berlin at no extra expense. In 2013-14, more than 15,000 British students took advantage of this offer – the highest in history. Institutions benefit massively from European research funding, in 2013/14 British universities secured nearly £700m in EU funding, a fifth of the total. Who knows what upward pressure would be brought to bear on tuition fees if access to this cash was lost?
Furthermore, being in the EU supports apprenticeships and further education. Between 2007 and 2013, £2.5bn of European social fund money was invested in skills and apprenticeships in England alone, helping over half a million young people into employment, education, or training. Those who want us to leave Europe would rather ignore this vital funding that supports Britain’s young people.’ - Guardian