A Joint letter I signed featured in the Daily Telegraph recently, which I signed with other MPs, warning of the challenges that our universities could face if we leave the European Union. The letter is as followed:
SIR – We urge people to think about the immense value EU membership brings to UK universities, and the impact this has on our economy and global standing.
Our universities are renowned across the globe, for their teaching, links with industry and cutting-edge research. It would be naive to think we had achieved this in isolation. Work that has the most impact involves international collaboration, and the EU provides some of our strongest, most effective partnerships.
Leaving the EU would cut us off from frameworks that lead to innovations driving economic growth, creating jobs and improving lives. No one suggests UK universities would cease to be successful outside the EU, but they will face an immediate disadvantage if we isolate ourselves.
Neil Carmichael MP (Con)
Chairman, Education Select Committee
Iain Wright MP (Lab)
Chairman, Business & Skills Select Committee
Lucy Powell MP (Lab)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Nic Dakin MP (Lab)
Shadow Schools Minister
Kirsty Blackman MP (SNP)
Ben Bradshaw MP (Lab)
Flick Drummond MP (Con)
Ben Howlett MP (Con)
Caroline Lucas MP (Green)
Catherine McKinnell MP (Lab)
Jo Stevens MP (Lab)
Daniel Zeichner MP (Lab)