Statement on the result of the EU Referendum
Today has been a momentous day of change for the UK and the vote has inevitably raised great concerns for universities about future funding and whether or not future British governments, once we have exited the EU, will compensate universities for discontinued and substantial EU grants.
Additionally, the majority of students (inside and outside of our Christian Unions) voted to remain and so might be tempted to feel angry and disappointed that they have to face an uncertain future that they did not vote for.
It is important that members of CUs contribute responsibly and constructively to the future life of our universities and play an active part in bringing together those who find themselves on opposite sides of a divisive and binary referendum.
There is no place in our CUs for being insular and xenophobic. UCCF: The Christian Unions is a founder member of a world-wide family of Christian Unions (IFES) and has particularly active links with CUs in Europe. Additionally, our CUs have always been places of great welcome and hospitality to international students.
All this stems from the global nature of the Christian church and the great future hope that men and women from every tribe, language and nation will one day be united as one through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We trust that CUs will continue, as they always have done, to live out the spirit of this wonderful future hope and make CUs a place where students of all backgrounds, communities and nations are welcome.
Reverend Richard Cunningham, Director UCCF: The Christian Unions