Brexit Information

What you need to know about Brexit

At present we know the EU Settlement Scheme ends on December 31, 2020, after which new EU/EEA nationals entering the UK will do so under new, yet to be decided, immigration legislation.

 Latest Government timetable and updates

Jun 2016-                    UK public vote to leave the EU

Mar 2017-                    Government trigger Article 50 (tells the EU we are leaving within 2 years)

Jun 2018-                    Parliament approve Withdrawal Act (says EU cant make future laws from the UK)

Nov 2018-                    Draft withdrawal deal agreed

Mar 2019 to Jan 2021

Government and EU representatives negotiate future UK-EU relationship deal to take effect when the transition period ends


I am an EU citizen. Can I still work at the University of Sunderland?

Absolutely. All University of Sunderland staff from the EU will have the same right to work in the UK whether a withdrawal deal is agreed or not. The EU settlement scheme will allow you to apply for settled (if you have 5 years residence) or pre-settled status.

Can I apply for British citizenship whilst working at the University of Sunderland?

In addition to the EU Settlement Scheme those EU/EEA staff who meet the requirements may wish to go one step further and apply for British Citizenship. If you are considering dual citizenship you should check the legal position of the relevant country before making an application, as not all EU countries allow dual nationality. 

I want to appoint an EU citizen to a University post. Can I still do so?

Yes. In the event of a Brexit deal there will be no change for EU/EEA staff living and working in the UK or obtaining new employment in the UK until after December 2020. In the event of a no deal Brexit, the Home Office has confirmed that will still operate the EU Settlement Scheme, which allows existing EU/EEA residents to apply to stay in the UK after Brexit. The Home Office will allow EU/EEA citizens arriving after exit day to work but they will be required to obtain a European Temporary Leave to Remain visa which will allow them to stay for three years. They will need to apply for a new visa under the new system after December 2020.

EU Settlement Scheme

All EU staff and their family members are strongly encouraged to apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme. It is fully open and free and you can apply online.

Advice on travel to the EU

Please find information and advice online

Further support can be obtained from your HR Business Partner. See our Who to Contact page for more information.

Advice for British passport holders if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

New rules will apply for travel to Europe if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Please find information online.