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What does Brexit mean for UK students in courses that require periods of study in another EU country?

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Produced in partnership with Shazia Akhtar of Hardwicke
Published on LexisPSL on 05/09/2016

The following Commercial Q&A produced in partnership with Shazia Akhtar of Hardwicke provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What does Brexit mean for UK students in courses that require periods of study in another EU country?

Until formal notice is given under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (TEU), the UK remains part of the EU and therefore subject to all the regulations, legislation and directives that this entails.

Article 50 contemplates a two-year limit on negotiations; time does not start running on this until formal notice, under Article 50, has been given.

Further to notice being provided, the position for university students wishing to undertake a gap year as part of their course within the EU will not change until the terms of the withdrawal have been agreed by all of the remaining Member States. This process could take some time, although there is no precedent for it. When Greenland withdrew from the EEC, it took two years to agree its exit terms, and the principal subject of the negotiations was limited to fisheries policies.

The crucial (and most controversial) element of reform will be freedom

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