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President Alice Gast has repeatedly affirmed that “Imperial is, and will remain, a European university”. Imperial is providing staff and students with support and regular updates as we work to mitigate and manage the considerable uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process. Our European ambitions remain undimmed. We are growing our European collaborations. We are working to influence decision-makers in Westminster and Brussels as we campaign for access to European research networks and immigration reform that will allow science to thrive.
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- The government has reintroduced the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to implement its revised withdrawal agreement. The legislation has been approved by the House of Commons and will now be considered by the House of Lords, with the bill expected to become law later this month.
The UK will leave the EU with a deal on 31 January 2020. There will be a transition period until at least 31 December 2020 during which no changes to current arrangements with Europe will take place.
- This means that during 2020:
- There will be no change to border arrangements and you can continue to travel as you do now during this time. National identity cards will remain valid to enter the UK during this time, but this is likely to change in 2021 (31 December 2025 for Swiss citizens). We recommend that EU/EEA/Swiss citizens get a passport in as soon as possible if they have not got one already. EU/EEA/Swiss staff can still apply to the EU settlement scheme to retain their right to live and work in the UK.
- There will be no changes to access to Horizon 2020 during 2020. UK researchers will continue to be eligible for funding and should continue to apply, including to ERC grants. There are still over 300 open Horizon 2020 calls. Get in touch with the Imperial EU team to find out more.
What happens next?
- w/c 13 January 2020 House of Lords considers the Withdrawal Agreement Bill
- 31 January 2020 Deadline for passing revised Withdrawal Agreement
- 30 June 2020 Deadline for requesting an extension to the transition period under withdrawal agreement
- 31 December 2020 End of transition period under the withdrawal agreement
EU Settlement Scheme workshop
The International Student Support team are holding a session on the EU Settlement Scheme which will be of interest to EU/EEA and Swiss national students who are currently studying in the UK. This session will look at how to apply for pre-settled / settled status and give attendees an opportunity to ask questions about the process.
Available session (book by following this link):
Wednesday 4 March 2020 (13:00 -14:00)
Information for staff
Imperial is providing information and support to staff as the UK leaves the EU. Find out about the latest information from the UK government, answers to frequently asked questions and contact points for further support.
Information for students
Imperial is working to provide current and future students from the EU/EEA with the latest information on fees, funding and immigration requirements.