#labourinforbritain Being in the EU helps create jobs in Britain. Freedom of movement means that we can all travel freely and take up opportunities for work throughout the other 27 countries of the EU. We can also benefit from the substantial financial and other support that the EU provides to help create jobs.
The EU boosts youth employment through vocational training and support for apprenticeships. The EU’s Erasmus + programme, for example, gave €102 million to UK applicants in 2015, of which a quarter was for Vocational Education and Training applicants.
The UK’s cultural industries receive a favourably disproportionate 50% of EU research and innovation funding because of the strength of the UK’s creative sector. They have received €1.46 billion over 7 years from the EU’s programme for the creative and cultural sectors, helping to promote growth and create jobs.
As young people, our future employment is at risk if the UK leaves the EU. Don’t let it happen. Sign the petition and show your support for remaining in the EU.
What students say
Beth Button - ESU and the EU – Strength in unity: "Cooperation and collaboration are at the heart of the EU, and the student movement - we can achieve so much more working in unity rather than isolating ourselves.
"We say in the European Students’ Union that we’re only ever as strong as our weakest part – and for me, that’s what the debate on our place and role in the EU is about. Cooperation and collaboration are at the heart of the EU, and the student movement – we can achieve so much more working in unity than isolating ourselves. Whether that’s ESU working with new student organisations to help strengthen them, or member states in the EU collectively working to support younger nations; unless we are working to strengthen everyone within our union, we’re weaker collectively. Read more
Anton Georgiou - on Immigration: "The leavers are using immigration to divide our community. We can't allow them to.
"Those who want us to leave the EU on 23rd June, are resorting to the ‘immigration’ card because they have lost all credibility on the economics of Brexit, which would be disastrous. If they want to make immigration an issue in this debate, let them. It’ll give our side the opportunity to present the facts about how good immigration has been for the UK.
"If we think back 60 years, as the post-war economy and public services began to be constructed, immigrants helped to make Beveridge’s vision of a post WW2 welfare state a reality. In particular, it must be noted that migrants have from the outset been the life blood of our beloved NHS. The facts speak for themselves, 10% of doctors and 4% of nurses who work in the NHS are European migrants – without them our health service would completely collapse." Read more
Tom Brown - the Erasmus Programme: "This is the time to embrace student exchange within the EU, rather than close ourselves off from exciting opportunities.
"The debate surrounding the EU referendum has focused on issues such as immigration, security and the economy. Yet, for many young people these problems are secondary, as they provide little relevance for the average student experience. Whilst the European Union helps to fund universities through grants and research, for many students the overwhelming positive EU contribution to their student life is the Erasmus programme. Having spent my third year studying at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, I have experienced first-hand the numerous benefits that the Erasmus programme can have on a student’s life." Read more
Percey de Vries - a British Voice in the EU: "The case for the EU stems from that of an opportunity to make this country a better one, to provide a better quality of life for you and future generations.
"Outside the EU our relationship with Europe will be an undemocratic one.
"We live in an interdependent world, problems that we face today are no longer simply solely bound to nation states. For example, when Russia illegally annexed Crimea, it was sanctions that were coordinated through the EU that were implemented. It is the European arrest warrant that allows police forces across the Union to arrest and hand over criminals that committed crimes in other countries, such as the capture of a failed London bomber in Italy. It’s the platform on which countries’ intelligence services will be able to share information and cooperate in preventing terrorist attacks in the future. It’s the platform on which you can be born in one country and end up going to school, university, work or retire in another without barriers or visas or minimum income requirements. Its all the above and many more opportunities to consider. The fact that we have a platform to work on and cooperate in all levels of governance with 27 others is something we ought to embrace." Read more
Jordan Smith - Why Voting to Remain in Europe May Actually Be of Benefit to British Democracy: "Being is Europe gives smaller parties a collective voice by working alongside their European counterparts: this is a sign of a healthy democracy and something we in the UK lack.
"I’m somewhat tired of hearing people criticise the EU so heavily for being undemocratic. There is no degree of naivety within me which will try and convince you that there isn’t a democratic deficit and that everything is the best it could be: it isn’t. But the EU has a larger degree of both democracy and accountability to the public than our representatives at the UN or in NATO. Why are the likes of Bo Jo and Farage not campaigning for us to leave these organisations which involve us in conflict or international agreements in which we, the citizens, have absolutely no say in and that also have vast membership fees?" Read more
On Thursday 23rd June we will vote in a referendum that will impact our futures. From University funding, to employment rights, to career opportunities - as young people we ask you to vote to remain in the European Union: http://studentsforeurope.org/pledge/