Prime minister denies threat to Erasmus scheme
Responding to a question about the future of the scheme from Scottish National Party MP Douglas Chapman during prime minister’s questions, Johnson said: “There is no threat to the Erasmus scheme. We will continue to participate. UK students will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits of exchanges with our European friends and partners, just as they will continue to be able to come to this country.”
Chapman said politicians had “voted to make our young people more insular, narrow and parochial” after Conservative MPs were whipped to vote down a Liberal Democrat-backed amendment to the European Union withdrawal bill. The amendment would have forced the government to negotiate access to the student exchange scheme and the EU’s Horizon research programme before the UK exits the Brexit implementation period on 31 December 2020. Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said the UK remained open to participation in Erasmus+ but it depended on negotiations.
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