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A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome.
Negotiations are progressing well and both we and the EU continue to work hard to seek a positive deal. However, it’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities, including ‘no deal’, until we can be certain of the outcome of those negotiations.
For two years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure the UK will be ready from day 1 in all scenarios, including a potential ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019.
It has always been the case that as we get nearer to March 2019, preparations for a no deal scenario would have to be accelerated. Such an acceleration does not reflect an increased likelihood of a ‘no deal’ outcome. Rather it is about ensuring our plans are in place in the unlikely scenario that they need to be relied upon.
This series of technical notices sets out information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a ‘no deal’ scenario, so they can make informed plans and preparations.
This guidance is part of that series.
Also included is an overarching framing notice explaining the government’s overarching approach to preparing the UK for this outcome in order to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth and orderly exit in all scenarios.
We are working with the devolved administrations on technical notices and we will continue to do so as plans develop.
This notice provides information for UK organisations and individuals on continued funding for their participation in the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020) in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place. This notice will also be of interest to EU organisations that collaborate with UK participants on Erasmus+ projects.
Before March 2019
Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, youth, training and sport, which provides €14.7 billion in grants for exchanges and collaboration over 7 years (2014-2020). The UK is a net contributor to the overall EU budget and is one of the most popular destinations for EU participants. For example, in 2015/16, the UK was the third most popular destination for higher education students. The government values international exchanges and collaboration in education and training and is therefore pleased to confirm that the joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations states that ‘following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 until their closure’.
Erasmus+ is one such EU programme and under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement UK organisations’ eligibility to apply for Erasmus+ projects during this period will remain unchanged for the duration of the programme, and EU funding for UK participants and projects will be unaffected for the entire lifetime of projects, including those that extend beyond 2020. On this basis, the UK government encourages UK organisations to continue to bid for Erasmus+ funding.
Full information and future updates can be found on the UK Erasmus+ National Agency’s website.
After 29 March 2019 if there’s no deal
In the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU with no agreement in place, the government’s underwrite guarantee will cover the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ bids submitted before the UK exits the EU. This includes projects and participants that are only informed of their success, or who sign a grant agreement, after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and commits to underwrite funding for the entire lifetime of the projects.
The government will need to reach agreement with the EU for UK organisations to continue participating in Erasmus+ projects and is seeking to hold these discussions with the EU. If discussions with the Commission to secure UK organisations’ continued ability to participate in the programme are unsuccessful, the government will engage with member states and key institutions to seek to ensure UK participants can continue with their planned activity.
The government has also announced an extension of the underwrite guarantee for certain EU programmes, including Erasmus+. This means that where UK organisations are eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ grant programme from 29 March 2019 until the end of 2020, they will also receive funding from successful bids in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The government is seeking to discuss and agree with the EU the terms under which UK organisations could be eligible for this extension of the underwrite guarantee to apply.
What you would need to do
So that projects can continue without financial disruption, and subject to the UK reaching agreement with the EU about continuing UK participation as explained above, the original and extended government underwrite guarantees apply to funding allocated to UK organisations whether in applications submitted to Brussels (centralised) or to the UK National Agency (decentralised), and whether or not the UK is the lead partner. Successful bids from UK participants will be covered by the underwrite guarantee in full and for the duration of the project’s lifetime.
The October 2018 call for bids will take place as usual. Applications for Erasmus+ funding are made by organisations, for example universities, vocational education and training organisations, schools and youth and sport groups. Individual students and young people who wish to participate in Erasmus+ funded activities should therefore contact their respective organisations.
Up-to-date information relating to UK participation in Erasmus+ in the context of our exit from the EU can be found on the Erasmus+ National Agency’s website.
Full information about the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the Erasmus+ website.
firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries about higher education, schools or youth projects under Key Actions 2 and 3
email@example.com for enquiries about vocational education and training (VET), adult education or youth projects under Key Action 1
This notice is meant for guidance only. You should consider whether you need separate professional advice before making specific preparations.
It is part of the government’s ongoing programme of planning for all possible outcomes. We expect to negotiate a successful deal with the EU.
Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and participate in other EU arrangements. As such, in many areas, these countries adopt EU rules. Where this is the case, these technical notices may also apply to them, and EEA businesses and citizens should consider whether they need to take any steps to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario.