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Part of European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 8th January 2020.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education) 6:00 pm, 8th January 2020

I thank the hon. Member very much for his intervention; he makes the point beautifully. It is such a no-brainer: this is something that we should want to keep.

When people who have used the scheme return and apply their skills, the economy is boosted. The scheme increases their chances of getting a job and increases their confidence and sense of independence—and Brexit puts all that under threat. If full access to the scheme is not negotiated, it is those from the poorer families who will suffer. Those from well-off families will be able to study abroad if they want; their parents could pay the fees. The Erasmus scheme gives those from poorer backgrounds the ability to do that in a way that simply was not available before it came to fruition.