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We need to show people who really know about education - teachers, lecturers, students - are concerned with how Brexit is going. This letter printed in your local paper with the names and addresses of local people, is a powerful statement.
We are teachers, students and academics here in your region devastated by Brexit. Make no mistake about it. Brexit is killing Britain’s education system. And that’s why we are fighting to stop it.
We are teachers and students against Brexit.
Being part of Europe has given our families, proudly rooted in our local 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. Here in your region alone, (1) schools have had ruthless cuts to funding in the last few years. And Brexit would only make our schools poorer.
We are academics and students against Brexit.
Our universities here in [your region] rely on generous EU research investment. In the last decade, the EU has invested £(2) into universities in your region (and this doesn’t even include Erasmus funding), data released by Best for Britain and Tech for UK shows. And our universities are held together by (3) dedicated EU academic staff. But since the referendum, (4) have left our region. Brexit is breaking our universities.
And Brexit is a step too far.
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 here in your region to realise the Government’s deal would destroy our communities. Brexit must be voted down, and the public must have the final say.
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1. Schools with funding cuts in each region: East Midlands, 1,520 East of England, 1,917 London, 1,014 North East, 2,257 North West, 1,943 South East, 2,367 South West, 1,626 West Midlands, 1,844 Yorkshire and the Humber, 1,609
2. EU investment in universities East of England, £740m East Midlands, £283m London, £227m North East, £294m North West, £478m Northern Ireland, £100m Scotland, £724m South East, £1.1bn South West, £457m Wales, £284m West Midlands, £418m Yorkshire & Humberside, £519m
3. EU university staff currently working in region; 4. EU staff that have left since 2016 referendum East of England, 3900 EU staff currently working; 2649 EU staff have left since 2016 East Midlands, 2716 staff currently working; 1379 leavers since 2016 London, 9139 staff currently working; 4647 leavers since 2016 North East, 1322 EU staff; 525 leavers since 2016 North West, 2807; 1284 leavers Scotland, 6611 staff; 3909 leavers South East, 4901 staff; 2960 leavers South West, 2635 staff; 1172 leavers Wales, 1521 staff; 638 leavers West Midlands, 2412 staff; 723 leavers Yorkshire and Humber, 2385 staff; 900 leavers