The referendum decision that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union will prompt questions about the potential implications for your education institutions. It may take months or even years for the extent of the impact on your organisation to become clear and as the dust settles we want to share our reflections and understanding of this with you.

Whether you are a higher or further education provider, a school or a provider of early education, the constitutional and legal process to detach the UK from the EU will be a common starting point. We provide a brief summary here.

It is likely that immediate concerns may be immigration and employment related. BWB’s immigration and employment teams are preparing themselves for a dramatic increase in enquiries from clients following the referendum results. We had already been fielding many business and personal enquiries, not only from organisations concerned about the impact on their workforce and their continuing ability to work in the UK, but also from EU nationals and their family members resident in the UK, exercising rights of free movement.

In time we can anticipate wholesale changes to the right to employ EU nationals. The changes may well impact also upon others in the immigration system, such as their families who are concerned about their freedom to move to, or remain living and working in the UK. BWB will be there to advise and assist those who will have to navigate the consequences of the referendum result.

You may have particular concerns about whether there will be any immediate impact from the Brexit vote on other aspects of your current operations, such as your existing contracts and funding arrangements. If so, please get in touch with your usual BWB contact.

We’ll be providing regular updates on how Brexit is unfolding across the education sector. To contact us, please click here.

In the meantime, we comment briefly on the particular factors that appear to be relevant for higher education providers, further education providers, schools and early years providers.

Posted on 01/07/2016 in Brexit Briefcase

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