Damaging to education

We are teachers, students and academics in the North East devastated by Brexit.

Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 8:00 am

Make no mistake about it, Brexit is killing Britain’s education system. And that’s why we are fighting to stop it.

Being part of Europe has given our families, proudly rooted in our communities, the joy of possibilities beyond our borders.

But now our schools are hurt by funding cuts, with schools closing early and class sizes getting bigger. In the North East, 2,257 schools have had ruthless cuts to funding in the last few years. Brexit would only make our schools poorer.

Our universities rely on generous EU research investment. In the last decade, the EU has invested £294million into universities in the North East, and this doesn’t include Erasmus funding, data released by Best for Britain and Tech for UK shows.

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Our universities are held together by over 1,300 dedicated EU academic staff. But since the referendum, over 500 have left our region. Brexit is breaking our universities.

Together, we will not let our schools, colleges and universities become the forgotten victims of Brexit. Our education has been neglected for years by the political class and Brexit is a step too far.

That’s why we urge our MPs to realise the Government’s deal would destroy our communities.

Brexit must be voted down, and the public must have the final say.

S Caygill, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Frank Cribbin, Darlington. Paul Attinello, Newcastle. Graham Rhodes, Darlington. David Richards, Newcastle. Alison Tonge, Washington. Janet Tomlin, Blyth Valley. David Harrison, Washington. Robin Irving, Newcastle. Karen Campbell, Middlesbrough. Sima-Maria Bunting, Newcastle. Carol McWilliam, Tynemouth. Kevin Cole, Stockton. Dave Grover, Newcastle. John Dark, Hexham. Andy Dunhill, Hexham.