Brexit news and updates

A summary of the latest news and announcements.

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Draft withdrawal agreement: update 17 January

Parliamentary vote on Brexit withdrawal agreement/political declaration

GOVERNMENT UPDATE 17 JANUARY 2018

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

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

GOVERNMENT UPDATE 6 DECEMBER 2018

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

Draft withdrawal agreement and outline of the political declaration

GOVERNMENT UPDATE 23 October 2018

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

Funding from EU programmes guaranteed until the end of 2020

GOVERNMENT UPDATE 24 JULY 2018

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

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

GOVERNMENT UPDATE 2 JULY 2018

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.