Tech Student Abroad Shares Brexit Perspectives
Blue shirts for "remain." Red shirts for "leave." A pro-Brexit essay written in chalk on Trafalgar Square and a Vote Leave Battle bus emblazoned with the slogan "We send the EU £350 million a week let's fund our NHS (National Health Service) instead."
He's no stranger to the news. But in the weeks building up to the June 23 United Kingdom referendum to leave the European Union, Michigan Tech Lode News Editor Peter Nouhan found himself immersed in the headlines from an entirely different vantage point.
Before his eight-week study program took him to Scotland and then Amsterdam, he had front-row access to the debate on the streets of London. He continues to talk to fellow college students concerned about the implications for higher education.
They tell him it could become more difficult to move between the UK and the EU countries, so Britain will likely become less attractive for students who want to study there. The potential effect on education and research funding is also a concern, along with the future of collaborations between researchers in the UK and EU.
While there are parallels in the Brexit scenario, including immigration and health care funding, the atmosphere building up to the vote wasn't as charged as the current U.S. presidential election.
Because traffic is so bad, many Londoners take the Underground (subway). "It's faster than a bus or taxi," says Noouhan. "But there's no cellular service and poor Wi-Fi, so commuters rely on old-fashioned news delivery during their commutes.
"You can usually see everyone with a copy of the London Evening Standard or another newspaper," the Tech student says. "Every day there are people handing out newspapers at the entrance to the Underground. This is how I think most people kept up with the Brexit debate."
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