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Consequences of Brexit for staff and students

In 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the legal status of UK and EU citizens and future relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

This section aims to share Brexit-related information relevant to current and prospective staff and students. Because the situation is still evolving, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this content. The city of Amsterdam’s Brexit information point and the webpage on Brexit of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) are good sources for further information.

Current situation

Last updated: 7 November 2019

  • The Brexit deadline has been extended to 31 January 2020.
  • Despite the UK Parliament’s efforts to prevent a no-deal Brexit, the UK's departure could still take place with, or without, a deal with the rest of the EU regarding future relations.

Impact of Brexit on universities

As an inherently Dutch institution, we do not expect great changes at the UvA as a direct consequence of Brexit. We will continue to cooperate with British universities and citizens as we do with other renowned universities and citizens around the world. In a joint statement, Universities UK and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) reiterated this intent.

The impact of Brexit on higher education in general is not yet clear. Words such as university, student, academic or science do not appear in the 537-page withdrawal agreement of 17 October 2019. We can assume the following:

  • Brexit will probably not affect academic qualifications, as the UK is likely to remain a signatory to the Bologna treaty.
  • Even in Britain, EU law will not disappear immediately. In general, each EU directive that has been implemented in British law will remain in force until a new law is in place.