Theresa May today announced the triggering of Article 50, which will begin the process to remove the UK from the European Union.
During today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, May reasserted her aim to remain a cooperative partner with Europe and, while the UK may be leaving the bloc, it is not leaving Europe.
She said: “Leaving the EU does not mean we reject the values we share as European citizens…We will continue to be reliable allies with our friends, and trade with them as freely as possible”.
University of Stirling Principal Gerry McCormac sent an email to all students following the triggering of Article 50, seeking to reassure students.
He said: “I recognise that this is a concerning time for EU national colleagues, students and families, but would emphasise that the UK will remain in the EU for the next two years and there will be no immediate change for universities, staff or students.
“On March 24, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney delivered reassuring news, guaranteeing that EU students enrolling for 2018/19 will receive free tuition for the duration of their degree. This means that eligible EU students will continue to have access to free tuition, including tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland”.
McCormac emphasised Stirling’s place as a member of a global community of students and staff, and said he will seek to work with the Scottish and UK governments to secure “the best access and opportunities for our staff and students, and our research activities”.
The Prime Minister said, during PMQs, devolved regions would receive more powers through the Brexit process, and sought to alleviate questions over a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The UK voted to leave the EU on June 24 last year, with 52% voting in favour.