Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Scotland will pay a high fee on education

IF Scotland left the United Kingdom and managed to stay in, or rejoin, the European Union, the rest of Britain would then have the same legal status as any other EU member, so our nationals, like the nationals of all other EU members, would be entitled to free tuition at Scotland's universities.

But the Scottish government (in its recent publication, Scotland's Future) says that it would "maintain the status quo by continuing our current policy of charging fees to students from the rest of the UK".

However, discrimination against nationals of other EU member states has been found to be in breach of EU law.

The loss of funding from students based elsewhere in Britain would, according to the SNP's own figures, cut about £150m from Scottish universities' income.

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