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And so to Brexit

Simon Usherwood warns that whatever happens with Brexit, it won’t be good news for universities

It would be an understatement to say that this year has not been a kind one to British universities, battered as their pedagogic and business models have been by Covid-19. But just as hope appears on the horizon in the form of seemingly effective vaccines, so too does another systemic threat. And this one has no cure.

The UK left the European Union back in January, but most people won’t have noticed any change. A big reason for that is that under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, the two agreed that the UK should follow and be bound by all the EU’s rules and processes through this year, while they started a set of negotiations about what their future relationship might be. As those talks stumble towards their conclusion, one thing is already clear: major change is coming.

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