GB News presenter Alex Phillips has slammed Brexit doom-mongers for being ‘wrong, and wrong again’ after the Remoaners suggested Britain was ‘raising the drawbridge to talent’. Ms Phillips praised Britain after a recent announcement revealed the world’s top 10 universities were “all British and American”, plus Swiss. By contrast, Ms Phillips said, the EU’s “minor offering” of top-tier higher education starts in 44th place.
The presenter said: “Oh how the whiners felt that students couldn’t study abroad because of Brexit and Britain was pulling the drawbridge to talent. Wrong, and again wrong.
“The number of foreign students who come [to Britain] soared to 600,000, meeting government targets 10 years earlier.
“And a record number of Britons are going abroad under the Turing programme, which replaced the European Union’s Erasmus programme.
“There are now 150 countries to study in around the world and surprise, surprise the majority of UK students choose America, Canada and Australia, while the brightest and best from the Anglosphere flock here .
“And where are the top 100 universities in the world, I hear you ask. The top 10 is entirely British and American, with the exception of Switzerland.
“The minor EU bid only starts at 44th place. The UK alone has nearly doubled the number of famous universities that block.
“We have also removed many European restrictions on research and innovation, proving that we have always been and always will be at the forefront of progress and a petri dish of excellence.”
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The second objective, announced at the beginning of the week, was exceeded for the first time.
According to the latest figures, in the 2020/2021 cohort of higher education students, 605,130 were international students who had chosen to study in the UK.
The announcement was hailed by the government as “positive progress” and a “welcome” step in the right direction.
With regard to the first target, it has been calculated that to achieve the ambition of £35bn by 2030, “an average annual increase in export earnings of around 3% per annum is required”, according to the government website.