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Brexit will limit your travel - find out how!

Posted by Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz (Admin) Jun 22, 2017

This article examines the EU freedom of movement principle, one of the most discussed topics in the debate over the Brexit negotiations. Considering what the freedom of movement currently allows EU citizens to do and how it relates to studying and travelling abroad, the authors explain how Brexit is likely to affect travel to and from the UK and EU as well as study opportunities in the UK and EU.

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So, what does the freedom of movement principle currently give EU citizens the right to do?

The freedom of movement principle allows citizens of the European Union (EU) to live, work, and, under certain circumstances, access the welfare system in any other EU country, if they wish to. 

Freedom of movement was further expanded with the 2004 Citizen’s Rights Directive, which established the right of EU citizens and residents to move and live freely within the EU. This Directive applies to EU states (including the UK and Ireland) and the 4 non-EU states mentioned before.

Brexit and studying in the UK and EU

UK and EU students currently pay the same university fees as domestic students, something that may change after Brexit.

Beyond that, both UK and EU students have a right to receive the same tuition fee and living cost loans from their respective EU countries of study if these are offered. For instance, the British government recently guaranteed the same fees and rights to loans for EU students for those starting in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years and for the entire duration of their degree.

There are also concerns about the potential decline in incoming research talent; about 16% of researchers at British universities cu...other EU states and may potentially leave the UK after Brexit.

Additionally, the Erasmus programme, founded in 1987, allows EU university students to study in universities across the EU for 3 to 12 months, as well as to do traineeships in different organisations across the EU. After Brexit, British students might not be able to continu...h the programme. Similarly, EU students might not be able to choose British universities and organisations for their Erasmus exchange. 

Brexit and travelling abroad within the EU

Currently, holding an EU national ID or passport is sufficient to pass the UK’s border controls for all EU citizens. However, after Brexit, British citizens might have to apply for a visa to enter the EU while EU citizens may have to apply for a visa to enter the UK.

Furthermore, many travel services are currently regulated at EU level, including the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which guarantees free or partially free health care coverage across the EU. The EU has also abolished roaming charges, thus allowing people to use mobile and data networks without additional costs within the EU. An increase in costs for these services after Brexit is likely. Lastly, other services, like travel insurance and compensation rights for delays or damages, may change significantly as well.

Another affected sector may be air transport, including the Open Skies agreement between the UK and US, which allows any EU or US airlines to fly between the EU and US. If the UK leaves this agreement after Brexit, many EU-based airlines may be unable to fly to and from the UK as easily or cheaply.

How do you think Britain leaving the EU will limit your travel for study, work and leisure? What freedom of movement rights do you think should be guaranteed or kept for British and EU citizens, and why?

Share your views and suggestions and contribute to the debate on the Generation Brexit platform now! 

Manuela Cristiano, Valeria Vigilante, Marta Kochetkova, and Sofia Munoz Gonzalez 

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This post was edited on Jun 23, 2017 by Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz

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Comments (5)

Monika Faulkner says... Nov 17, 2017
i agree
Amirul Khusaini says... Dec 2, 2017

Brexit will also affect UK's ability to attract foreign students to study in its institutions. Two significant reasons why a lot of international choose to study in the UK is because the medium language is English which is widely learnt in countries all over the world as it is the lingua franca. The second reason is due to the ability to travel easily to different European countries during their study period as students studying in the UK do not need to get additional visas to travel around Europe. With the latter no longer the case, UK might still be able to attract top talents due to the reputation of its universities such as Cambridge and Oxford but for lesser universities, the attraction force is less so. As international students are paying almost twice as much as local students, the decrease in demand would affect the UK financially as well. 

concernedstudent says... Dec 5, 2017

Interesting points- Brexit seems to be quite a daunting prospect. Especially for someone like me who likes travel so much. At least I have multiple citizenships though.

Alessia Gio says... Dec 6, 2017

As a foreign European Student myself, Brexit's repercussions are indeed discouraging. Necessitating a visa to travel and work in the UK would render already complex bureaucratic processes even more complicated. Furthermore, although I was particularly lucky because tuition fees will not vary as a result of Brexit throughout the course of my studies, the increase in tuition fees could be detrimental for Europeans looking to study abroad. In my experience, coming to study to London or in the UK in general enhances one's international outlook whilst providing one with an excellent education which may not be available in one's country of origin. It would be a pity if this were to change. Finally, the freedom of European citizens to work, study and travel the UK without major impediment under EU law has rendered the UK one of the most international countries in the world, center for cultural exchange and intellectual enrichment. Increasing the difficulties of Europeans to remain in the UK through Brexit, might change this special aspect of the UK's, changing its national and international character overall. 

Shreya Kochhar says... Feb 27, 2018

i agree and especially with the problem of maybe higher airfares. Now that Britain is leaving the EU, arrangements will have to be made for new air service agreements if British airlines like easyJet, are to continue operate freely all over the EU, and Irish airlines, like Ryanair, or German airlines like Eurowings, are to continue to fly in and out of the UK without restrictions. Whether the wide choice of routes and historically low fares we now enjoy will continue will depend on the results of those negotiations.

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