The Morning After-Reflections on UK Referendum

As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council has been working with our European neighbours for over eighty years and we will continue to do so. We have always believed in the strength of engaging with multilateral institutions and we will find ways to continue to work in partnership with other European countries and with EU institutions to create opportunities, build connections and engender trust.

Culture, language and ideas know no borders. As this is the core of our work, in Spain we will continue to deliver all services and cultural relations programmes as planned.


The British Council published ‘The Morning After’, a collection of essays from key figures in culture, politics and science, reflecting on the UK’s relationship with Europe. For fresh perspectives, visit our The Morning After webpage

"We believe that in view of the result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership, the cultural connection between the UK and other European nations will remain vital, and can help to build confidence and trust in whatever political and economic settlement is finally reached.” Rebecca Walton director EU Region

The UK currently remains a member of the EU, and we continue to meet our obligations and receive relevant funding. However we understand that there will be questions about the broader impact of the referendum. Many of these questions will need to be considered as part of wider discussion about the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Where we can provide further information, we will do so.


The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success. If you've applied to study in the UK and are concerned about what the referendum results mean for you, here are some things you can do to find out more information:

-Visit individual university websites to find out what they are saying about the referendum. You can find these in search tool of UCAS.

-For financing, visit the Student Loans Company website which has provided more information at EU Nationals and Student Finance in England or EU nationals and student finance in Wales on Universities Wales website. 

-Check the GOV.UK website for up-to-date information, including statements from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science.

Visit the website of UK council for international student affairs (UKCISA) and read its article on the EU referendum.

-Universities UK  has also stated that immigration status of EU students studying in the UK under the Erasmus programme has not changed, and they continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grant until at least as long as the UK remains a member of the EU and could be extended beyond this. Moreover EU students with a place to start in academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18  have no reason to assume any change to your  immigration status or access to student loan book. 

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