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Implications of the UK leaving the European Union
The UK referendum of June 2016 resulted in a vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU). Currently, UK membership enables staff from across the EU to come to Oxford to teach and research, and assists Oxford's staff and students to participate in European research programmes. EU membership has enabled Oxford's participation in pan-European collaborations, and guaranteed the opportunity to access EU research funding (of some £78m in 2017/18).
The UK government is now seeking to negotiate a modified withdrawal agreement to that previously agreed with the EU following the UK parliament’s decision to reject that deal on three occasions.
The UK and the EU subsequently agreed a second extension to the UK’s departure date, which will last no longer than 31 October 2019. Without an agreement the UK will leave on 1 November 2019. However, legislation has recently passed placing a duty on the government to seek a further extension by 19 October 2019 if a deal is not voted for by MPs, or they vote against a “no deal” exit.
If a withdrawal agreement is in place by the departure date, then a “transition period” is expected to follow until December 2020. If a withdrawal agreement is not in place by the date of departure, then the UK will face leaving under a no deal scenario. The University is making preparations for this possibility.
Whatever the outcome, the University of Oxford is, and intends to remain, a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The departure from the EU will not change this; our staff and students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.
The information below is correct at the time of writing on the basis of current UK government and EU policy and will be updated as new advice is issued.
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