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The Future of ERASMUS+ in a Post-Brexit UK

16 January 2020

An amendment to the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which would have forced ministers to try to keep the United Kingdom in the ERASMUS+ programme post-Brexit, was voted down by MPs in the House of Commons in the UK on Wednesday.

This came as a disappointment to many who support the more than 17,000 students at UK universities who study or work abroad as part of their degree with ERASMUS+ though the debate around this matter seems to be far from over. The continuation of the programme, which provides exchange opportunities at universities across Europe, will be negotiated during the year-long transition period following the deadline at the end of the month.

“There is no threat to the Erasmus scheme,” PM Boris Johnson told MPs. “UK students will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits of exchanges with our European friends and partners.”

Jane Racz, Director of the Erasmus+ programme in the UK, said that "the Erasmus+ programme has delivered and continues to deliver significant benefits to the UK and we need to ensure the positives of the programme are not lost as we move into the next stage”.

Read more about independence and autonomy as they apply to Brexit and higher arts education institutions in the paper Barcelona, Beijing, Birmingham by Jonathan Harris, PhD, Birmingham City University. 

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