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Students rights must be protected from Brexit’ – Archibald

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Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said young people need to make sure their voices are heard and their interests understood in the Brexit process.

Speaking at the launch of a campaign to highlight the impact of Brexit on students and young people outside Queen’s University Belfast, the party’s Further and Higher Education spokesperson said:

“The people of the north voted to reject Brexit but young people did so overwhelmingly.

“Most young people are rightly horrified at the many ways Brexit will detrimentally impact their lives and opportunities.

“Potentially losing the automatic right to study and work across the EU, uncertain fee status, losing access to programmes like Erasmus plus and uncertain travel requirements.

“All of these things and more are under threat from Brexit, particularly in the event of a no-deal exit.

“This campaign is about highlighting what stands to be lost and what must be protected in the time ahead.

“This is directly linked to the ability of Irish citizens in the north to access, exercise and enjoy their rights as EU citizens.

“I would urge all young people, students and others, to make sure they speak up and have their voices heard; contact their political representatives, their student union reps or their trade union or other representatives bodies in work and tell them what is important to young people.”

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