Information for Staff about Brexit
The outcome of the UK’s EU referendum with the vote to leave the EU has major implications for the University. This webpage has been established to provide information and support to staff following on from the referendum vote. Before you access this support, we would like to highlight the following statement from the Government:
“There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum. When we do leave the EU, we fully expect that the legal status of EU nationals living in the UK, and that of UK nationals in EU member states, will be properly protected”. (Home Office, July 2016)
The Prime Minister published this open letter, directly to EU citizens in the UK, on the Gov.UK website on 19 October 2017 ahead of her visit to an EU Council meeting in Brussels.
The email address StaffEUqueries@port.ac.uk has been set up in order to deal with queries related to the impact of Brexit on staff employed by the University. If you have a question or issue, please send it to our dedicated email address and a member of the HR team will get back to you by phone or by email.
Who does this apply to?
The future exit of the UK from the European Union could affect both EU nationals employed in the UK, and UK nationals employed in the EU.
What do I need to consider?
In providing this support the University is in no way advocating any particular course of action. Until the government announces its future intentions, it is unclear whether staff working and residing in the UK on the basis of EU law will benefit by following any particular course of action. We are providing these resources as we understand that staff who may be affected by the future exit of the UK from the EU, want to have as much information and support in relation to all possible options. Independent immigration advice can be sought if you feel it is necessary.
What do I need to do?
At present no specific action is necessary, however this Home Office statement identifies potential actions EU nationals may wish to consider.
If staff or students experience racism or harassment following the EU referendum result, this should be reported and dealt with under the University’s Dignity and Respect Policy. All staff are encouraged to appropriately challenge inappropriate behaviours and raise concerns with managers so these can be dealt with.
What else do I need to know?
Our Brexit Working Group continues its work on the challenges and opportunities around Brexit. We continue to monitor developments and are contributing to the broad political debates on this at every opportunity. We are working closely with Universities UK and the University Alliance to ensure that our voice is heard in respect of the value and importance that global links and engagement bring to our University for both students and staff.
The links below give more information on the implications of Brexit:
- The Home Office and the Department for Exiting the European Union have published a Technical Note detailing the UK’s proposed administrative procedures for EU citizens obtaining settled status. The Technical Note covers three areas: streamlined application process; criteria for granting status and circumstances under which status may be refused; and criminality. It is important to note that the terms of the proposal set out in the Technical Note have not yet been agreed with the rest of the EU.
- EU referendum: Vice-Chancellor’s message to staff
- Advice and information from Universities UK
- UK Government Department for Exiting the European Union
- The House of Commons Education Select Committee is holding an inquiry into Brexit and HE. The University submitted evidence jointly with Southampton and Southampton Solent.
- The Universities and Colleges Employers Association has selected relevant and useful resources for HEIs on the employment implications of Brexit.
- What does Brexit mean for me ?
You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
How do I get help?
Disclaimer: Please note that the University does not endorse any of the external websites listed above, or elsewhere in this guidance.