The UK government believes an acceptable deal will be found to ensure a smooth exit from the EU. Current discussions, however, include the possibility that no deal is secured. Should this happen, on 30 March 2019, the UK would become a “3rd country” to the EU, and subject to the same rules currently applied to non-EU countries.
In the event of “no deal”, the Withdrawal Agreement which secures EU national rights until 31 December 2020 will not be valid. We are awaiting advice from the UK government on what this will mean for EU nationals already in the UK, and EU nationals planning to come to the UK. We believe it is unlikely that any form of visa will be required from 30 March 2019, and that a temporary solution to facilitate short to medium term movement of EU nationals to the UK will be put in place. Should any form of visa system or checks be required, LBS would work to ensure we continue to be able to support our current EU students, and recruit future EU students. Even in the event of a “no deal” scenario, we do not foresee a situation whereby our ability to recruit EU students would be affected.
We continue to monitor the UK government negotiations with the EU, and will provide updated information as and when it is available.