Brexit: Students’ ‘equal rights’ promised in agreement

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Sources : The Pie News

The latest high-pressured talks in Brussels between UK government and European Union on Brexit have ended in agreement. The negotiation document sets out the future of the Irish border, the financial settlement, and crucially, citizens’ rights. Included in the document is a promise that students will be afforded “equal treatment”, moving forward.

The negotiators will now embark on the second part of the talks, trade negotiations. Though it remains to be seen how the trade talks will effect international education, the promise of fair treatment for students residing either in the bloc or in the UK after Brexit is now set out on paper.

The European Students’ Union in Brussels welcomed this news, with president Helge Schwitters telling The PIE News it is “positive for student mobility”. However, ESU is cautious as the deal is far from done. Schwitters added that it will “follow closely the next phase of negotiations”.

This paragraph simultaneously sets out the rights for workers and the self-employed, and could give assurance to professionals working in education across Europe, as well as the students in their institutions.

This is not a promise of programs such as Erasmus continuing, but it does mean that both UK students and EU students will be afforded equal rights to healthcare, social benefits, and education (including HE) and training when residing across borders.

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker described this part of the agreement as bringing “back the certainty”, saying that it will protect the choices made by EU citizens before the Brexit vote.

“We have made sure that their rights will remain the same after the UK has left the European Union. This is in particular the case for: EU citizens’ right to live, work and study,” Juncker said.

For mature students and academics, the document may hold further positive messages, as the family of a UK or EU citizen will be allowed to join them – as long as they were related on the date of UK-EU separation. This right is a lifetime right, and is included to ensure that families are not split by Brexit due to cross-border work or study.

For mature students and academics, the document may hold further positive messages, as the family of a UK or EU citizen will be allowed to join them – as long as they were related on the date of UK-EU separation. This right is a lifetime right, and is included to ensure that families are not split by Brexit due to cross-border work or study.



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