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Dear Mr. Barnier,

Dear President Ursula Von der Leyen,

Dear President Charles Michel,

On the 8th of January 2020, the House of Commons voted against an amendment which would have required the British Government to negotiate a continuation of its full membership in the “Erasmus + program” after the UK leaves the EU. This decision is another instance of populist actions taken by the Conservative party to the detriment of European and UK youth’s opportunities- in this case through using the Erasmus + Program as a bargaining chip.

As a pan-European liberal and political youth organization, we are deeply concerned by this approach to the negotiations. Not only do we find the ethics behind this decision to be questionable, but the message that this vote sends to young Europeans across the Union is especially alarming.

It is of great importance to us that the EU will make this matter a priority during the negotiations with the British government, not only for the sake of European youth but also for the British youth that largely voted against Brexit.

We therefore call on the chief negotiator for the European Union, the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council to do everything in their respective powers to ensure that the young people on both sides of the Channel will continue to benefit from the Erasmus + program.

Sincerely yours,

 

LYMEC, Jeunes MR, FEL, Jong VLD, Uppreisn, Junos

 

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