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About Brexit: for prospective staff

In 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Now, with just days to go until the first possible Brexit day, there is still much uncertainty regarding the legal status of UK and EU citizens and future relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

This section aims to share Brexit-related information relevant to current and prospective staff and students. Because the situation is still evolving, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this content. The International Welcome Center North and the webpage on Brexit of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) are good sources for further information.

Current situation

Last updated: 27th May 2019

  • Britain was set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, however, EU leaders agreed on the 11th April 2019 to offer the UK an extension on article 50 until 31 October 2019 with a possible review in June.
  • Until the UK officially withdraws from the EU, UK nationals remain EU citizens.

Impact of Brexit on universities

We do not expect great changes at the University of Groningen as a direct consequence of Brexit and will continue to cooperate with British universities and citizens as we do with other renowned universities and citizens around the world. In a joint statement, Universities UK and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) reiterated this intent. The impact of Brexit on higher education in general is not yet clear. Words such as university, student, academic or science do not appear in the 585-page draft deal between the EU and the UK that the British Parliament rejected on January 15. We can assume the following:

  • Brexit will probably not affect academic qualifications, as the UK is likely to remain a signatory to the Bologna treaty.
  • Even in Britain, EU law will not disappear immediately. In general, each EU directive that has been implemented in British law will remain in force until a new law is in place.

If you are considering coming to the University of Groningen to work, you may be wondering how Brexit will affect your plans.

Prospective staff from the UK

If you are planning to come and work at the UG after Brexit day, you will be treated as a third-country national. The same conditions will apply as those for people from other non EU/EEA member states (such as American citizens who wish to stay and work at a university in the Netherlands). The UG would need a permit to employ you.

Last modified:05 July 2019 10.12 a.m.