The European University Institute (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

This instrument makes provision in connection with the UK’s membership of the European University Institute Convention (EUIC) and EU Exit. The UK will automatically fall out of the EUIC upon exit day irrespective of this instrument. The purpose of this instrument is simply to ensure that no remaining rights derived from the UK’s participation in the Convention are retained on the statute book.

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Alan Bell
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Alan Bell

“The Government will work to ensure that UK students currently at the EUI, and any who are successful in their applications for places in the 2019/2020 academic year, will be able to complete their studies.”

That isn’t really good enough at this stage. What is being done and what commitment is there to provide funding for this if we pull out of this non-EU institution?

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Lewis Gordon Miller
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Lewis Gordon Miller

The EUI is a world class institute, which feeds British universities with world class staff and gives British students the chance to study under the best social scientists and historians in the world. This statutory instrument requires several further clarifications and an inaccuracy. Firstly, British students at the EUI deserve as firm a commitment as possible that their places will remain funded and that their welfare secured. Secondly, although the EUI Member States come from the EU, the EUI is a separate body from the EU. It is built upon a different treaty that does not allow for exit unless… Read more »

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Jonathan Hopkin
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Jonathan Hopkin

It would be tragic to leave the EUIC. The UK has made a massive contribution to, and gained a massive amount from, participating in the EUI. We can leave the EU and remain on EUIC and I would urge parliament to maintain the UK commitment. As an alumnus i’m very happy to offer my experience of EUI to any member of Parliament or government willing to listen.

Jonathan HOPKIN
Associate Professor of Government
London School of Economics

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Karen Liebreich
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Karen Liebreich

A high level postgraduate centre for all European students and academics, and no Brits? Does this not seem short-sighted in the extreme? I studied at the EUI in the 1980s and while I had many criticisms of it, to pull out completely is a classic ‘cutting off nose to spite face’ gesture.

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Oliver Garner
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Oliver Garner

I am a UK citizen and a Ph.D. researcher in the Law Department of the European University Institute. I believe that this Statutory Instrument raises serious legal and political concerns. First, the interpretation that the UK will automatically fall out of the EUI Convention on exit day is seriously contestable. The Statutory Instrument claims that the Convention falls within the definition of ‘retained EU law’ under section 4 of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 because it was designated as an ‘EU Treaty’ by the European Communities (Definition of Treaties) Order 1975. However, unlike treaties concluded by the EU which apply… Read more »

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Oliver Garner
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Oliver Garner

I am a UK citizen and a Ph.D. researcher in the Law Department of the European University Institute. I believe that this Statutory Instrument raises serious legal and political concerns. First, the interpretation that the UK will automatically fall out of the EUI Convention on exit day is seriously contestable. The Statutory Instrument claims that the Convention falls within the definition of ‘retained EU law’ under section 4 of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 because it was designated as an ‘EU Treaty’ by the European Communities (Definition of Treaties) Order 1975. However, unlike treaties concluded by the EU which apply… Read more »

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Martin Holterman
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Martin Holterman

There is nothing in the EUI convention that makes EU membership a requirement for participation in the EUI. Similarly, the EUI is not referred to anywhere in the Withdrawal Agreement. As such, the statement that the UK will “fall out” of the EUI is incorrect. Moreover, given that the UK’s withdrawal from the EUI Convention is legally unrelated to Brexit, the use of powers provided by the EU (Withdrawal) Act to make these Regulations is unlawful. The Regulations are ultra vires. Finally, on substance, it must be noted that the EUI is a highly prestigious university where some of Europe’s… Read more »

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Elizabeth Barmes
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Elizabeth Barmes

This is to object to the European University Institute (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. Leaving the EUI will be damaging to the UK on so many levels: to future students (and alumni), academics, knowledge and understanding on a whole range of important topics, the UK’s standing in the academic and wider world, international collaboration and creativity, scholarly and otherwise. I am informed by EU law experts that the UK government is operating under a misunderstanding in proposing these Regulations and in its approach to the EUI. The argument is that the EUI is not an EU institution, like for example the… Read more »

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mary Branscombe
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mary Branscombe

As there is no specified process for whether members leave this programme after A50, the government should seek to remain for the benefit of students who may lose their funding with only two weeks notice

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Diamond Ashiagbor
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Diamond Ashiagbor

I’m writing to you to express deep concern about the European University Institute (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (https://www.gov.uk/eu-withdrawal-act-2018-statutory-instruments/the-european-university-institute-eu-exit-regulations-2019). This will be damaging to the UK on so many levels: to future students, alumni, academics, knowledge and understanding on a whole range of important topics, the UK’s standing in the academic and wider world, international collaboration and creativity, scholarly and otherwise. My considered view as an EU law expert is that the UK government is operating under a misunderstanding in proposing these Regulations and in its approach to the EUI. 1. The EUI is not an EU institution, like for example… Read more »

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