UK could create alternative Erasmus programme if needed

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has told the House of Commons that the UK was "open" to participating in the Erasmus programme but could also develop alternative arrangements should they be needed.

Mr Williamson told MPs: "As we prepare to forge a new place on the international stage, we want our young people to have the opportunity to study abroad through exchange programmes.

"The United Kingdom is open to participation in the next Erasmus+ programme and this will be a question for future negotiations with the European Union.

"We do truly understand the value that such exchange programmes bring all students right across the United Kingdom, but to ensure we're able to continue to offer that, we'll also develop our own alternative arrangements should they be needed."