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EU referendum response

Here at Canterbury Christ Church University our staff and our students from across the EU are, and will continue to be, extremely important members of our diverse and multi-cultural University community. They make a significant contribution to who we are, what we stand for, and our long-term commitment to internationalisation.

Christ Church is at the forefront of analysis of the local impact of our exit from the EU across different sectors, including business and commerce, agriculture, healthcare, local government, and policing and security. More details are available on the CEFEUS webpages.

Here you can find the latest statements from our University and other organisations following the referendum vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Government statements and information about Brexit

On 19 February 2019, the Government updated its Brexit travel advice to UK nationals travelling to the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA), and Switzerland.

The Government's travel advice pages are regularly updated.

On 28 January 2019, the Government announced 'no deal' Brexit arrangements for EU citizens.

In the event of no deal, EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study after 29 March 2019. For stays longer than 3 months, European Temporary Leave to Remain will be required.

Non-UK EU citizens residing in the UK on 29 March 2019 will need to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.

The new UK immigration system would be implemented from 1 January 2021 as planned.

The Government's EU Settlement Scheme enables EU citizens and their family members living in the UK to continue living here after the UK withdraws from the EU, with the same rights as they have now.

The deadline for applying for settled status is 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal and 31 December 2020 in the event of a no deal Brexit. In January 2019, the Government announced that it would abolish the fee for applying for settled status.

More information about eligibility and the application process can be found on the Gov.UK website.

In July 2018, the Government announced that students from the European Union starting courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year will continue to be treated as UK students, in terms of fees and financial support, for the duration of their studies.

Frequently asked questions

Current students

During the transition period the UK remains a member of the EU and remains bound by EU legislation.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to work but will require European Temporary Leave to Remain for stays longer than three months. 

EU citizens living in the UK on or before 29 March 2019 will continue to be able to work in the UK, without settled status, until 31 December 2020.

If a deal is reached between the UK Government and the EU, there will be no changes to current visa requirements or entitlements until the end date of the transition period, which is likely to be December 31, 2020.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on March 29, 2019, you should keep up-to-date with information on the Government website and news and consider that there might be some delays at entry points into the UK.

For UK citizens travelling in Europe, the European Council has confirmed that, in the event of no deal, it will allow visa-free travel to all EU/EEA and Swiss countries, including those not in the Schengen zone, for a period of up to 90 days (across any 180 day period). This will remain the case provided the UK reciprocates on the same basis.

The Government’s current passport advice is that under no deal UK nationals will need a minimum of six months remaining on their existing passport prior to travelling to Europe. The Home Office has advised EU nationals to ensure that they have six months’ validity on their passports before travelling after 29 March, should there be a no-deal Brexit.

passport checking service has been provided on the gov.uk website. The gov.uk website also provides specific guidance for UK passport holders wishing to travel after March 29, 2019, in the event of a no deal, as new rules will apply depending on the country that you are visiting. There is also additional guidance to cover travel to the EU by land, sea or rail.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, travel arrangements for non-UK EU citizens will not change until the end of 2020. EU citizens will still be able to enter the UK using a passport or ID card and can continue to use the ePassport gates at UK airports. 

Current non-UK EU students and those starting their course in 2019/20 will continue to receive funding for the duration of their course and will remain eligible for 'home fee status'.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, EU nationals, and their family members, starting courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year, will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support from Student Finance England / Wales / NI for the duration of their course, provided they meet the existing residency requirements. For further information and guidance click here.

The Student Loans Company guidance is available here

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, your European Health Insurance Card might not be valid anymore. The Government is advising UK citizens travelling to the EU after 29 March to buy travel insurance that comes with healthcare cover before they travel. 

More information is available on GOV.UK.

Drivers from the UK may need a different international driving permit (IDP) to drive abroad.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK drivers may also need an IDP and extra documentation to drive in the EU and EEA.

More information is available on GOV.UK.

Further information is available on the UKCISA website for students.

staff

To enable you to continue living here after the UK withdraws from the EU, with the same rights as you have now, you will need to apply for settled status under the Government's EU Settlement Scheme.

The deadline for applying for settled status is 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal and 31 December in the event of a no deal Brexit. More information about eligibility and the application process can be found on the Gov.UK website.

At its meeting on 8 November 2016 SMT approved a proposal to provide short-term loans to members of staff who may wish to apply for residency, citizenship or settlement in the UK. While it is anticipated that the loan scheme will be of most interest to colleagues from other EU countries following the result of the year’s EU Referendum, it will also be available to those who are in the UK under Tier 2 sponsorship by the University.
Full details of the scheme, and how to apply, can be found at: https://cccu.canterbury.ac.uk/hr-and-od/policies-and-procedures/short-life-loan-policy.aspx (internal only page).

Recognising the importance of science and innovation to society, productivity and economic competitiveness, the government has provided reassurance to UK participants of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme with a commitment to safeguard funding for research and innovation projects.

As a result, British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

If a deal with the UK and EU Government is reached there will be no changes to current visa requirements or entitlements until the end date of the transition period, which is likely to be December 31, 2020.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on March 29, 2019, you should keep up-to-date with information on the Government website and news and consider that there might be some delays at entry points into the UK.

For UK citizens travelling in Europe, the European Council has confirmed that, in the event of no deal, it will allow visa-free travel to all EU/EEA and Swiss countries, including those not in the Schengen zone, for a period of up to 90 days (across any 180 day period). This will remain the case provided the UK reciprocates on the same basis.

The Government’s current passport advice is that under no deal UK nationals will need a minimum of six months remaining on their existing passport prior to travelling to Europe. The Home Office has advised EU nationals to ensure that they have six months’ validity on their passports before travelling after 29 March, should there be a no-deal Brexit.

passport checking service has been provided on the gov.uk website. The gov.uk website also provides specific guidance for UK passport holders wishing to travel after March 29, 2019, in the event of a no deal, as new rules will apply depending on the country that you are visiting. There is also additional guidance to cover travel to the EU by land, sea or rail.

In the event of a no deal Brexit, travel arrangements for non-UK EU citizens will not change until the end of 2020. EU citizens will still be able to enter the UK using a passport or ID card and can continue to use the ePassport gates at UK airports. 

Information on this page 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.

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Last edited: 22/03/2019 12:44:00