Brexit: an update from DMU as the UK prepares to leave the EU


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The UK will formally leave the European Union at 11pm GMT tonight (Friday 31 January).

Both the UK and European Parliaments recently passed a withdrawal agreement, though in practice, this won’t result in major changes for most of us for the rest of this year. 

A transition period is due to last until 31 December 2020, during which the UK and EU negotiate their future relationship. Until then, the UK will continue to follow EU rules, which means that goods, services and people will still move freely between Britain and the EU.

The withdrawal agreement includes the option to extend the negotiation period for one or two years, however, that decision must be made by July 2020.

If there is no extension, the negotiating teams will have to conclude as much as possible before the deadline at the end of December. In this scenario, businesses, individuals and organisations (including DMU) will need to be prepared for a significant change of circumstances as 2021 approaches.

What will DMU be doing?

As the UK-EU negotiations progress, DMU’s Brexit Risk Group – which brings together senior representatives from across the institution – will monitor the situation and further consider potential effects on the university.

Where to find more information?

Staff and students can find guidance and information on our Brexit webpage.

For the latest Government advice for individuals and businesses (including how to apply to the settlement scheme if you or your family are from the EU), please go to: gov.uk/brexit.

If you have any questions about the above, please email: askus@dmu.ac.uk.

Posted on Friday 31st January 2020

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