Government Statements

National and local government statements


The Department for Exiting the European Union has published a 10-page paper on citizens' rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit. If you have any queries about this, please contact Rachel Coggins at
7 December 2018


University leaders across Europe have signed a joint statement in which they urge their national governments and the European Commission to accelerate the Brexit negotiations. The statement was initiated by UUK International and was signed by 22 National Rectors' Conferences, including the European University Association. The signatories also warned of the consequences the continued uncertainty of UK's participation in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ has for their institutions. The statement was also reported in the GuardianTHE and Science Business.
3 November 2017

Universities minister Jo Johnson has confirmed the government's commitment to underwrite the funding for all successful bids made by UK applicants for Horizon 2020 projects before the UK exits the EU. He stressed that 'this applies both to projects ongoing at the point of exit, and to funding applied for before exit which is subsequently successful'. He also confirmed that this includes Horizon 2020 calls with two-stage procedures, as long as the first application is submitted before the UK leaves the EU. Further details will be addressed within the wider context of the negotiations.
20 July 2017

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has published a clarification on EEA students and comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI) after the Home Office confirmed that students without CSI will not be removed from the UK or refused entry solely because they do not have it. The UKCISA also has updated guidance on staying in the UK as a student.
9 March 2017

A letter to EU and international students and staff (PDF, 210kB)from Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West.
20 January 2017


Higher education spokesperson Lord Younger confirmed there is no cap on international students joining UK universities.
7 December 2016

A House of Commons Education Select Commitee inquiry is open for written submissions on the impact of Brexit on higher education, until 11 November.
27 October 2016

Universities Minister Jo Johnson has announced that EU students applying to English universities for 2017/18 will still have access to student funding support.
11 October 2016 

Letter from the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees (PDF, 155kB), to all Bristol staff and students

26 July 2016 

Open letter from Avon and Somerset Police about hate crime victimisation and racial or anti-immigrant abuse
4 July 2016

Statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on: EU Nationals and student finance in England; EU student/staff status; Erasmus+; and Horizon 2020 research funding
28 June 2016

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