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SNP couldn't deliver a pizza, let alone Erasmus replacement

June 20, 2022 11:14 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has today accused the SNP of giving up on their promise to deliver a Scottish exchange programme to replace the Erasmus scheme, after Angus Robertson failed to confirm when it will be established during an exchange this afternoon.

The SNP made a commitment in last year's election manifesto to "create a Scottish programme of exchange to provide mobility and cooperation opportunities in higher education, vocational education and training, school education (including early childhood education and care), adult education, youth and sport".

However, Liam McArthur revealed last month through parliamentary questions that the "Scottish Government have no confirmed timetable for a consultation process for the proposed Scottish Education Exchange programme."

Mr McArthur said:

"The Erasmus programme is a fantastic initiative that helped us forge relationships with our European friends and opened up the world for Scottish universities and students.

"It was a needless casualty of Brexit. However, the Welsh government understood this and wasted little time in putting in place a £65 million scheme, which will see young people from Wales going abroad this September.

"Meanwhile, SNP Ministers can't even start a consultation on their promised scheme and have no idea when the scheme will be launched. It is little wonder that their census was a shambles

"If Angus Robertson can't deliver an Erasmus replacement, there is little hope he could deliver a pizza let alone independence. While he questions the mandates of MSPs, thousands of young Scots continue to miss out on opportunities of a lifetime."