We realise that the process of the UK’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) represents considerable uncertainty for our students, staff and external partners. In many cases this can extend to individuals' professional and personal lives. The way forward for the UK and our institution remains unclear both in terms of outcome and timing.
The information provided on our website is being kept updated on a regular basis and provides the best information that is available to our knowledge. Critical dates are currently understood to be:
- Wednesday 22 May 2019, which is the last date that the UK can exit the EU without needing to hold European elections.
- Thursday 31 October 2019, which is the current deadline for Article 50. The UK will need to have agreed a deal on Brexit before this date to avoid a no-deal outcome.
- In the event of a deal being agreed, it is expected that a managed transition period will start on the first day of the following month and that the period would last until at least 31 December 2020.
The advice currently provided on this website is provided on the basis of two likely potential outcomes:
- Deal agreed before 31 October 2019 followed by a transition period up to at least 31 December 2020.
- No-deal Brexit on Thursday 31 October 2019.
There are other potential outcomes, including a no-deal exit in advance of 31 October 2019, but these are considered less likely at this time.
We have a strategic approach to Brexit planning, including the establishment of a Brexit Transition and Risk Management Group, led by Professor Paul van Gardingen, our Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. It is acknowledged that there are still many other potential outcomes, but these have not yet been developed to sufficient detail to permit the provision of appropriate advice. The information and FAQs provided on this website will be updated as soon as possible.