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About Brexit

The UK has left the EU with a withdrawal agreement 
The transition period began on 1 February 2020 and will end on 31 December 2020. During the transition period, the rules will be essentially the same as before the UK left.

An agreement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU will be negotiated during the transition period. If the negotiations are finalised in time, the agreement will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

Read more about the transition period on the EU Commission website

Read more about the transition period on the British Government website

Read the report "Brexit - What Now for Universities?" on the European University Association (EUA) website

Quick links to information

British citizens at LU

A special fixed-period ordinance for British citizens living and working in Sweden at the departure from the EU is being prepared that will enable these individuals to continue to live and work in Sweden, even though their right of residence according to EU law no longer applies.

The British Embassy in Stockholm provides information for British citizens who are in Sweden.

More information for British citizens is available on the British Government website

British citizens can also contact the Swedish Migration Agency if they have any questions about their situation and for information on applying for a residency and work permit.

Link to the Swedish Migration Agency website

The Swedish Migration Agency has published FAQs in both Swedish and English on its website.

Link to FAQs in English

Link to FAQs in Swedish

The Swedish Government website provides more information about Brexit

Swedish citizens at LU who are in the UK

For Swedes living and working in the UK in accordance with EU law, there is a promise from the British Government that EU citizens will be allowed to continue to live and work in the UK.

Link to the Swedish Government website and more information about Brexit (in Swedish)

LU staff who are Swedish citizens can keep updated via the Swedish Embassy website, which also provides information on the various permits that they may need to apply for (in Swedish)

You can also follow the Swedish Embassy on social media: FacebookTwitter

https://www.facebook.com/EmbassyofSwedeninLondon/

https://twitter.com/swedeninuk

Research funding of projects and applications

EU framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon 2020

On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU. According to the withdrawal agreement, the UK will continue to contribute to the current EU budget, which is for the rest of this year. This means that British actors will be able to continue their participation and be granted funding until each programme is completed, even in cases where individual projects extend beyond the transition period.

Contact Research Services if you have any existing projects or applications that involve the UK 

Vinnova has compiled information about how Brexit affects Swedish research and innovation

The UK Research Office has compiled FAQs

The Erasmus+ programme

Exchange studies, placements, teaching staff mobility, continuing professional development; other EU/Erasmus+ projects.

According to the EU Commissionen the UK will be considered as an Erasmus+ programme country until the projects from call 2020 are completed. This means that Swedish higher education institutions can continue to send and receive participants from the UK as normal up to and including call 2020. 

Updated information is provided at UHR.se and utbyten.se (in Swedish).

Do you have questions on Erasmus+ exchanges and Erasmus+ projects? 
Contact Christina Grossmann (christina [dot] grossmann [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se) at External Relations. 

End date for student mobility for traineeships (SMP) and staff mobility for training (STT)
KA103 projects (exchanges within Europe) for call 2020 are for 24 months. Provided there is funding left from call 2020, higher education institutions can send SMP and STT participants to the UK until 31 May 2022.

End date for student mobility for studies (SMS) and staff mobility for teaching (STA)
Note that KA103 projects (exchanges within Europe) are either for 16 or 24 months. Swedish higher education institutions have projects for 24 months, but partner organisations in the UK may have projects that are only for 16 months. As studies (SMS) and teaching assignments (STA) require that the receiving organisation has an ongoing Erasmus+ project and agreement with the Swedish higher education institution, participants can be sent to each other for as long as both have ongoing projects, and funding left. As KA103 projects are for at least 16 months, this means that the higher education institutions may (if both parties wish to and have funding left) can send students to each other at least until 30 September 2021 and at the longest until 31 May 2022.

Collaborations with British universities

If both partners sanction it, it is possible for existing Erasmus agreements to be replaced by bilateral (non-Erasmus) agreements. Template proposals for contact with existing partners are available from External Relations. Contact Christina Grossmann (christina [dot] grossmann [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se). 

Tuition fees

The “Ordinance amending the ordinance (2010:543) on application fees and tuition fees at higher education institutions” states the following:

Application fees:

An application fee must not be charged to a British citizen who, on the day prior to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU), had the right to reside in Sweden for reasons other than studies. 

An application fee must not be charged to a family member of such a citizen, if the family member is exempted from the requirement for a residency and work permit under the Ordinance on a temporary exemption from the residence and work permit requirements for certain UK nationals and their family members (2019:111).

Tuition fees:

Tuition fees must not be charged to a British citizen for a course or programme at a higher education institution to which he or she, on the day prior to the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, was admitted or had applied to no later than that day.

Tuition fees must not be charged to a British citizen who, on the day prior to the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, had the right to reside in Sweden for reasons other than studies.

Tuition fees must not be charged to family member of a British citizen who, on the day prior to the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, had the right to reside in Sweden, or if the family member is exempted from the requirement to hold a residency and work permit under the Ordinance on a temporary exemption from the residence and work permit requirements for certain UK nationals and their family members (2019:111).

In plain English, this means that students who applied for a programme before the UK’s exit are exempted from paying fees.

The website universityadmissions.se provides up-to-date information on admissions, etc.

Invoices to and from the UK 

During a transition period, the same regulations regarding VAT apply as if the UK were an EU member state. The transition period will last up to and including 31 December 2020. When the transition period is over, the VAT regulations for countries outside the EU will also apply to the UK.

Read more on the Finance website about how to process invoices from suppliers in the UK (in Swedish) 

Read more on the Finance website about how to send invoices to customers in the UK (in Swedish) 

Read more about Brexit on the Swedish Tax Agency website (in Swedish)

Read more about Brexit on the Swedish Customs website (in Swedish)

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Erasmus+
Christina Grossmann
christina [dot] grossmann [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 34 57

Research funding
John Phillips
john [dot] phillips [at] fs [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 73 067 01 04

HR
Åsa Thormählen
asa [dot] thormahlen [at] hr [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 70 15

Migration matters
Louise Corrigan
louise [dot] corrigan [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 70 381 21 25

Tuition fees
Richard Stenelo
richard [dot] stenelo [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 14 66

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