12th October 2016
Britain's world class universities will continue to welcome EU students despite the Brexit vote, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox stressed today.
He was speaking after the UK Government confirmed that EU students beginning their courses in autumn 2017 will pay the same fees as domestic undergraduates and be eligible for the same loans and grants. Their eligibility carries on throughout their studies, even if Britain leaves the EU in the meantime.
"This announcement sends an important signal that Britain remains open to international students even though we are leaving the EU," Mr Fox said.
"We have some of the best universities in the world and European students make a substantial contribution to their success. That is going to continue.
"The message to EU students is that you will be welcome in Britain up to and post-Brexit. I'm sure that will reassure the thousands who travel to the UK to study each year.
"We may be leaving the EU but are not severing our long standing academic and cultural links with Europe."