Friday 24-06-2016 - 11:00
NUS Scotland is extremely disappointed with the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, having campaigned for a Remain vote. Figures show that the overall vote to leave the EU is at odds with the vote in Scotland, where 62% of voters were in favour of remaining in the EU, and at odds with the views of the majority of 18-25 year olds who, according to on the day polling, were more likely to favour a Remain vote than older age groups.
We saw a fantastic response to the hard work by students’ associations across Scotland to register students to vote, contributing to the high levels of voter registration we saw across the UK in the run up to the deadline across the UK. However, polling before the election showed that 75% of 16 and 17 year olds would have voted in the referendum, which indicates that turnout (67.7% in Scotland) would have been higher had 16 and 17 year olds been given the right to vote as they were in the Scottish Independence Referendum.
NUS Scotland, along with NUS UK, Wales, and Northern Ireland, also wrote to Downing Street and BIS (press release available here) seeking assurances over the future of further and higher education in light of the Brexit vote.
Commenting, NUS Scotland President Vonnie Sandlan said:
“This is an incredibly disappointing result, and one that Scotland clearly took a different stand against. We saw a really positive and diverse campaign in Scotland for our continued membership of the EU – and students were at the heart of that, recognising the immense benefits membership brings for students and young people, and our universities and colleges.
“This was a UK-wide vote, but the voices of the positive majority in Scotland cannot be ignored. In the coming weeks and months it is vital that the UK Government works closely with the devolved governments, and with all of us who stood up proudly for our EU membership ensuring we do all we can to stem the damaging consequences we know this result could have.”
Contact: Fergus Boden, NUS Scotland Press and Influencing Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.