Brexit: What Just Happened?

I usually try to start off my posts with a joke but on this subject I’ve got nothing: Brexit.

Confused Man by Kapa65 [CC0 1.0] via Pixabay
Before I start, I want to point out that this post isn’t about judging or shaming people for how they voted; it’s not about moaning; and it’s definitely not about you (or my) political views. This post is for the large number of European students currently studying at the University of Glasgow who might be looking at the future through uncertain eyes. A few weeks ago, I contacted International Student Support to find out whether we could shed some light on our Brexit situation and this post is the result.

The Government’s Stance

Westminster Palace by Diliff [CC BY-SA 2.5] via Wikimedia Commons
If you are feeling confused about the implications of Brexit, you’re not alone. That’s because, to date, the Government has only released information about what they intend to bring to the negotiation table and no hard decisions have been made.

The University’s Stance

The University of Glasgow by Michael D Beckwith [CC0 1.0] via Flickr
The University has it’s own dedicated web space for students, prospective students and staff to keep up to date with how Brexit might affect their residency status. It also covers Erasmus+ trips to and from Glasgow, so if you are a home student wondering how Brexit will affect your Erasmus exchange, you can find out here. It’s also worth noting that the University is quite clear on its anti-Brexit stance: our very own Principal and Vice Chancellor—Sir Anton Muscatelli—chairs the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe which was set up to advise the Scottish Government following last year’s vote.

A Wider View

Universities UK recently published their Brexit FAQ designed to help current students and universities navigate a post-Brexit Britain. It has information on the immigration status of students, fees, loans & grants, as well as the Erasmus+ project.

Free Movement, a blog dedicated to providing updates, commentary and advice on UK immigration and asylum law, has an entire section devoted to Free Movement within the EU. The blog is a great resource for keeping up to date with what’s happening on the Brexit front: it has over 300,000 monthly page views and 14,000 email subscribers, making it one of the leading sources of independent information.

The Guardian’s International Students section also has some useful commentaries and advice for EU students studying in the UK. The site is updated regularly with in-house content as well as blog posts written by students that provide a perspective on Brexit that is often not reported in the media (see ‘They tell me not to speak Polish’: students on life after the Brexit vote).

You might be wondering why it took me a few weeks to write this post after speaking with International Student Support. It’s not because I’m lazy, I promise. The Guardian was holding an interactive Brexit Live Chat on the 26th July. It was taking place in the comments section of their Student Page and my initial plan was to take part and report back here. However, on the day, I found myself in the embarrassing position of not being able to find the chat (or any reference to it on the Guardian website). Apparently that’s just the kind of rubbish journalist I am!

I did intend to write the post up without mentioning the live chat but I came across this today from The UK Council for International Student Affairs.It states that the live chat was cancelled and serves as conclusive proof that I’m not a complete failure. Keep an eye on their news section for updates on rescheduling this event.

Are you worried about your future in the UK after the Brexit vote? Do you have any resources you have found useful? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter—let’s keep the conversation going.


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Post Author: Stuart Henry Wilson

Stuart Henry Wilson (@StuartHWilson) studied physics as an undergraduate and is now a member of the Imaging Concepts Group at UofG. He experiences life through Autism Spectrum Disorder and spends most of his time wondering how he actually managed to get this far. When he's not in the lab or office, he's usually pretending to be a doggy with his 2 year old daughter. If you enjoyed this content, you should have a look at some other things he’s written.

2 thoughts on “Brexit: What Just Happened?

    Ken Brown

    (5th September 2017 - 3:54 pm)

    I would like to add something to your blog. It seems that a blinkered approach to Brexit has developed because the only variables discussed are 1. EU citizens living in UK and 2. UK citizens living in EU.

    There is one more variable that is being swept under the carpet i.e. UK citizens living in UK and working in EU and vice-versa. I am one of those forgotten “variables”!

      Stuart Henry Wilson

      (5th September 2017 - 6:45 pm)

      Thanks for pointing this out! I tried to cover all angles but, as a home student, Brexit doesn’t really affect any of my roles so I knew I would miss something. Have you had a look at any of the resources I listed (I’d like to know if they are useful at all—especially Free Movement)? Or are there any others you would add to the list?

      I think the post really needs some perspective from someone who is affected by it.

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