After the recent referendum from June 24th, you should be asking yourself: now what? First off, there is no reason for panic! All the changes will take at least two years to come into effect. Following the United Kingdom’s vote for Britain’s Exit from the EU (hence the meaning of Brexit) the future is unclear even for those who live in Britain.
However, for students traveling to Ireland or England, the rules will remain the same for the time being.
To give you a general idea of Brexit, check out highlight questions from the BBC Q&A below:
What is a referendum?
A referendum is a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part, such as that held on Thursday, June 23rd to decide whether the UK should remain in the European Union. The vote to leave the EU won by 52% to 48%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. It was the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election.
How did the citizens vote?
England voted strongly for Brexit by 53.4% to 46.6%, as did Wales, with Leave getting 52.5% of the vote and Remain 47.5%. Scotland and Northern Ireland both backed staying in the EU. Scotland backed Remain by 62% to 38%, while 55.8% in Northern Ireland voted Remain and 44.2% Leave.
Will UK citizens need a visa to travel to the EU?
While there could be limitations on British nationals’ ability to live and work in EU countries, it seems unlikely that they would want to deter tourists. There are many countries outside the EEA that British citizens can visit for up to 90 days without needing a visa, and it is possible that such arrangements could be negotiated with European countries.
What about EU nationals who want to work in the UK?
It depends on whether the UK government decides to introduce a work permit system similar to that currently used for non-EU citizens, which limits entry to skilled workers in professions where there are shortages.
If you want to now more about Brexit, you can find a summary about the Referendum on the BBC website at http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887.