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Sunderland vice-chancellor issues no-deal Brexit warning

Image: University of Sunderland

David Bell, vice-chancellor of the University of Sunderland and a former permanent secretary at the Department for Education, has become the latest university leader to warn against a no-deal Brexit.

In a statement published online on 15 January, Bell, who is also vice-president (England and Northern Ireland) at Universities UK (UUK), said that while he continues “to respect” the result of the 2016 referendum, he is “deeply concerned about the prospect of our country leaving the EU without a deal”.

“The north-east of England has five great universities. I do not want anything to jeopardise their position when it comes to the opportunities they provide to students, the great research they carry out and the thousands of people they employ,” he said, ahead of today’s crunch Brexit vote. “As 2019 begins, we now need our parliament to agree on a way forward, and quickly.”

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