The National Union of Students – which represents 4.3 million students across the country – has backed The Independent’s call for a referendum on the Brexit deal.
The campaign has now been endorsed by the NUS, which is made up of more than 530 affiliated member students’ unions in universities and colleges across the country.
Amatey Doku, vice president for higher education of the NUS, said: “I am proud to offer my support to the Final Say campaign on behalf of the millions students we represent from institutions across the UK.
“With the majority of students now backing a vote on the final Brexit deal, it is clear we need a say on our future.
“The chaos of the current Brexit negotiations means that those on all sides of the debate are now losing faith in the government’s approach.
“With the chances of a good deal dwindling by the day, it’s clear that our generation will be the hardest hit if we leave with a bad deal or without a deal at all.”
He added: “Students care about Britain’s future on the global stage – and that means protecting access to research, funding and educational expertise for our world-leading universities.
“There is great uncertainty within the sector about what the future of research and collaboration will be. That’s why I, and the millions of students we represent, are backing a people’s vote on the terms of the final deal.”
Recent polling revealed that the majority of students would back a vote on the final Brexit deal, as some 70 per cent believe they will be worse off after leaving the EU.
Support among young voters for a new referendum has surged from 58 per cent in February 2017 to 67 per cent this month, according to the survey of undergraduates conducted by Youthsight.
Analysis of the census data shows the group who have come of age since the EU referendum now outnumbers the Leave side’s 1.26 million majority over Remain.
Pro-EU MPs have questioned whether this demographic shift could “tip the scales” in a fresh poll amid growing speculation over the possibility that Theresa May’s plans could lead to no deal.
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