Universities across Britain have been contacted by a politician from Theresa May’s party demanding they disclose what they are teaching about Brexit.
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Chris Heaton-Harris, a Member of Parliament in the ruling Conservative Party, wrote to the heads of academic institutions asking them to give the names of anyone teaching about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. He also sought information on what was being taught.
“I wonder if you would be so kind as to supply me with the names of professors at your establishment who are involved in the teaching or European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit,” Heaton-Harris who campaigned to leave the EU wrote. “Furthermore, if I could be provided with a copy of the syllabus and links to the online lectures which relate to this area I would be much obliged.”
Academics responded with astonishment at what many saw as a politically-motivated attempt to intervene in the education system.