A Tory MP who benefitted from the EU’s Erasmus programme failed to vote in favour of it in the House of Commons this week.
Suella Braverman, a backbench Conservative MP and prominent Brexiteer, enjoyed the benefits of the Erasmus programme, which allows EU citizens to study abroad, while she was a student at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Braverman spent one of her university years studying in France, before then completing a Masters degree in European and French law at Pantheon-Sorbonne University.
However, Braverman failed to vote in favour of an amendment to Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill – brought to the House of Commons on Wednesday evening – that would have compelled the government to seek continued membership of the scheme.
Ultimately, the amendment failed, with 254 MPs voting in favour, 344 against, and 48 abstaining.
The government has insisted that it will still seek to negotiate continued membership of the scheme “if it is in our interests to do so.”
However, if the Tories were firmly in favour of the programme, why didn’t they simply vote for the amendment?
Braverman actively benefitted from studying and living abroad – contributing to the career she enjoys today. The fact she is now actively denying those opportunities for future students is seriously shocking.