Brexit news and updates

A summary of the latest news and announcements.

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Non-UK EU student finance: update 28 May 2019

Student finance access for non-UK EU students continues


The government has announced that non-UK EU students starting courses in 2020/21 will have guaranteed home fee status and access to financial support for the duration of courses in England. This follows the government's commitments for previous years.

Brexit: update 11 April 2019

Further extension to the Article 50 process - to 31 October 2019


The government has agreed an extension to the Brexit process with the European Council to the 31 October 2019 at the latest. The exchange of letters sets out the EU Council's decision in detail.

Brexit: update 5 April 2019

Further extension request from UK to EU


The government has asked the European Council for a further extension to the Article 50 process, to 30 June 2019. The government states in the letter: "If the parties are able to ratify before this date, the government proposes that the period should be terminated early. The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May 2019 and therefore cancel the European Parliament elections, but will continue to make responsible preparations to hold the elections should this not prove possible."

A Special European Council meeting is taking place on 10 April to discuss the latest developments on Brexit.

Brexit: update 22 March 2019

Agreement reached to extend Article 50 process


The government has set out the agreement reached with the EU Council for a short extension to the Article 50 process. The agreement sets out that the extension will either be to 22 May 2019, if the Withdrawal Deal is approved, or 12 April 2019 if the deal is not approved. Domestic legislation, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, will need to align to reflect continued membership until either of these dates.

The government is due to hold a further meaningful vote on the Withdrawal Deal and Political Declaration.

Citizens' rights: update 28 January 2019

Government outlines no deal arrangements for EEA (and Swiss) citizens arriving after UK exits EU


The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has set out legal provisions for EEA (and Swiss) citizens coming to the UK after EU exit in the event of a no deal in the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19. The Bill is in draft stage, can be amended, and still needs to be passed in Parliament. The Bill primarily sets out the processes that would apply for non-UK EU citizens arriving in the UK after the 29 March in the event of a no deal scenario. The Government has stated that the policies set out in the Bill do "not apply to those [citizens] here before exit day, whose rights to live and work will be protected by the EU Settlement Scheme".

Draft withdrawal agreement: update 17 January 2019

Parliamentary vote on Brexit withdrawal agreement/political declaration


A 'meaningful' vote on the government's draft Brexit withdrawal agreement/political declaration was held in parliament on 15 January 2019. The House of Commons voted to reject the government’s withdrawal agreement/political declaration. The government is due to table a new Brexit motion on Monday 21 January and has currently stated that this will be debated in the House of Commons on Tuesday 29 January. We expect further decisions from the government and parliament, and will provide more information as the situation becomes clearer.

Citizens' rights: update 6 December 2018

EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU – policy paper


The government has published a policy paper on citizens' rights where it states:

"To remove any ambiguity about their future, the UK government wants to reassure EU citizens and their family members living in the UK that they are welcome to stay in the UK in the unlikely event of a ‘no deal’ scenario. The government is adopting an approach based on the Withdrawal Agreement. We have been clear: EU citizens are our friends, our neighbours, our colleagues, and we want them to stay. EU citizens and their family members 1 resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 will be able to stay and carry on with their lives broadly as now. They will continue to be able to work, study, and access benefits and services in the UK on the same basis after we exit the EU as they do now."

The government further states:

"To achieve this, the UK will continue to run the EU Settlement Scheme for those resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The basis for qualifying for status under the scheme will remain the same as proposed in a ‘deal’ scenario and will be focused on residence in the UK. This means that any EU citizen living in the UK by 29 March 2019 will be eligible to apply to this scheme, securing their status in UK law."

The full policy paper sets out more detail and the different deadlines that would apply in a no deal situation compared to if there is a transition period.

Draft withdrawal agreement: update 23 October 2018

Draft withdrawal agreement and outline of the political declaration


The government has announced that the cabinet has agreed:

  • a 'Draft Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community'
  • an 'Outline of the Political Declaration Setting Out the Framework for the Future Relationship Between the European Union and the United Kingdom'

The government also published the full draft of the political declaration on Thursday 22 November. The draft withdrawal agreement has been endorsed by the European Council and is subject to ratification by the House of Commons and Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.

Full set of documents

Funding from EU programmes: update 24 October 2018

Funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020


The government has announced that "businesses, universities and local organisations were assured today (24 July 2018) that any funding they secure through EU programmes, from now until the end of 2020, will be guaranteed by the UK government even in a no deal scenario".

The government states that "the Treasury will also guarantee funding for UK organisations which successfully bid directly to the European Commission – through projects like Horizon 2020 – until the end of this EU budget period if no deal is agreed".

This commitment extends the previous commitment made by government of such under-writing to the point of the UK exiting the EU.

Funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020

Further certainty on EU funding for hundreds of British projects

Non-UK EU students: update 2 July 2018

Non-UK EU students and student finance/home fee status


The government has announced that non-UK EU students "starting courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status', which means they will be charged the same tuition fees as UK students. They will also be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as is available today".

The government has previously made the same commitment for:

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Information on these pages is accurate to the best of the University's knowledge and based on advice from the UK government and national bodies for universities. However, we reserve the right to update and amend information as we seek further clarification on questions arising from the referendum.