WEST MIDLANDS MEP James Carver has slammed the launch of a new pro-EU
campaign by the Universities UK group.
The UKIP MEP says the Universities for Europe campaign
shows “pro-EU propaganda”, and not open-minded learning, is rife in
University lecture rooms.
Universities UK launched the campaign at University College
London with speeches from Chuka Umunna MP, Damian Green MP and
Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kent.
In her speech, Dame Goodfellow is expected to say: “The case for
staying in Europe is about ensuring the prosperity of the UK...it’s about
the UK standing in the world, it’s about British jobs and it’s about
opportunities for British people now and in the future.
“In the referendum debate, universities must stand up and be counted. We
should be a powerful and positive voice on the benefits of EU membership.”
But, commenting on the launch, UKIP West Midlands MEP
James Carver, said he was deeply concerned that Universities UK was putting
pro-EU propaganda when it should be focusing its attention on providing
students with open-minded learning.
He said: “Education is the process of facilitating learning, knowledge and
skills. It is not about propagating propaganda and spin.
“Universities UK says it wants to be a positive voice but how can it be
positive for the UK to be shackled by EU red tape that prevents us
negotiating our own free trade deals as a sovereign nation.
“The UK should be free to trade with the world and not be dictated to
through negative interference and control from the EU.
“JCB, one of the UK’s largest manufacturing companies, recently said exiting
the EU would have no negative impact on the UK’s trade with Europe.
“The company also said the UK, should it pull out of the EU, could negotiate
as a country rather than as a bloc of 28 nations.
“I do not think pro-EU propaganda belongs in our universities which should
concentrate on delivering open-minded learning.”
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