Dear Colleagues,

There has been a lot of activity in Westminster and Brussels over recent weeks which culminated last night with two crucial votes in the Brexit process. The first saw Parliament support the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (based on the new Brexit deal agreed by the Government and the EU) in principle. But in a second vote Parliament rejected the Government's timetable for getting the Bill passed into law before the 31st October (legally this is still the default date for the UK to leave the EU). The Prime Minister has now paused the Withdrawal Agreement Bill while he waits for the EU to react to his formal request for an extension to the 31st October Brexit deadline.

While there is continued uncertainty, the Government has implemented its no deal preparations. We sincerely hope the UK does not leave the EU without a deal but we want to assure you we are doing everything we can to be prepared. Our Brexit Advisory Group is testing our readiness for the immediate impact of no deal Brexit on our people, research, education and supply chains. We have updated our travel guidance and can share new checklists so colleagues can prepare for and mitigate against any potential disruption to their plans.

There are important guarantees in place if the UK leaves the EU without a deal that will directly affect us: 

  • Between the date of Brexit and December 2020 EU citizens already in the UK will be free to live, work and study as they do now. Applications for the EU Settlement Scheme will be accepted until the end of 2020 and we will continue to support staff and students through the process. A new immigration system is planned from January 2021.
  • EU students starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2019-20 and 2020-21 will still be eligible for home fee status and for financial support for the full duration of their course.
  • The UK government will guarantee funding for all successful competitive UK bids to Horizon 2020 that are submitted before the UK leaves the EU, and for collaborative Horizon 2020 projects thereafter.

We have received and answered specific questions from many of you over recent months. Please continue to get in touch with us through our dedicated email address brexit.advice@imperial.ac.uk. We encourage you to visit our Imperial and the European Union webpages for regular updates and access to our weekly Brexit Briefings and additional resources. 

Best wishes

Alice and Ian 

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost