The implications of Brexit – will you be affected?

Don’t panic, most changes will only happen in 2019. At present, there is no certainty on outcomes, but be aware on how you may need to prepare.

Funded by the Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

Assess your situation

  • Keep informed of changes to legislation.
  • Think about laws that affect your personal circumstances as well as your area of business.
  • Know the impacts of EU funding to your business and customers.
  • How many of your key staff are affected?
  • Understand your/ your staff’s right to remain and work.

We are unable to predict what the outcome of Brexit will mean for EU citizens who are working and residing in the U.K.  At this moment in time, whilst the University cannot advise you on what to do, we can consider potential issues and possible solutions to any problems before they arise.   A major concern for all individuals affected will be the right to remain in the U.K. post Brexit.  The UKVI website has comprehensive information available on various residency and naturalization routes available to individuals depending on personal circumstances.  The page headed “Prove your right to live in the UK as an EU citizen” provides information on the process for applying for permanent residency and naturalization (British Citizenship) .  Whilst neither have been, or are, essential requirements for individuals whilst the UK remains in the EU, they may be areas worth exploring. 

  • Know about your/ your students’ right to remain for study

Keep yourself informed

  • Expect changes in legislation and policies over the next years
  • Be clear about different approaches in the devolved administrations
  • Track government announcements and decisions
  • Network to share information and advice

Further information:

UK Government Plan for Britain
UK Parliament - Brexit: next steps of UK’s withdrawal from the EU
Welsh Government - Wales and the European Union

EU Funding

  • Do you rely on EU funding?
  • Do your customers rely on EU funding when purchasing your goods or services?
  • Which EU funding programmes support aspects of your life or business?
  • Is your funding covered by a UK government guarantee?
  • When will your EU funding opportunities run out?
  • What are the alternatives?

Further information:

Bangor University Research and Innovation Office
Universities UK
UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee - Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research inquiry
Welsh Government - EU funds in Wales

Right to remain in the UK

  • Do you or your staff have the right to remain and work in the UK?
  • Have you considered applying for permanent residence status?
  • Are you eligible to apply for UK citizenship (naturalisation)?

We are unable to predict what the outcome of Brexit will mean for EU citizens who are working and residing in the U.K.  At this moment in time, whilst the University cannot advise you on what to do, we can consider potential issues and possible solutions to any problems before they arise.   A major concern for all individuals affected will be the right to remain in the U.K. post Brexit.  The UKVI website has comprehensive information available on various residency and naturalization routes available to individuals depending on personal circumstances.  The page headed “Prove your right to live in the UK as an EU citizen”  https://www.gov.uk/eea-registration-certificate provides information on the process for applying for permanent residency https://www.gov.uk/eea-registration-certificate/permanent-residence and naturalization (British Citizenship)  https://www.gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen.  Whilst neither have been, or are,  essential requirements for individual’s  whilst the UK remains in the EU, they may be areas worth exploring. 

On 26 June 2017 the UK government has made an offer for ‘EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU on their rights and status after the UK leaves the EU’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-the-position-of-eu-citizens-in-the-uk-and-uk-nationals-in-the-eu

Please also consider:

  • Will your home country permit dual citizenship?
  • Does your life and work allow you to comply with immigration requirements?
  • Will your access to services be affected?
  • Will you need to get Comprehensive Sickness Insurance?

You may wish to consider whether you meet the UKVI Comprehensive Sickness requirements for permanent residency. This could be particularly important for self-financing individuals (e.g. students, self-employed individuals, non-working family members and other categories).

Studying in the UK

  • Will you have the right to remain in the UK for the duration of your course?
  • Will your right to work change?
  • Will you need to get Comprehensive Sickness Insurance?
  • Will your access to grants and loans change?
  • Will you be able to access exchange schemes to study abroad?

Further information:

FAQ pages of Universities UK
UK Parliament Education Committee ‘The impact of exiting the European Union on higher education inquiry’
Study in Wales
Student Finance Wales