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Title After the EU referendum result, what next for the UK’s universities?
Author Carolyn Walker - OBHE Associate; Consultant in International HE; Former Academic Director, INTO


On 23rd June, after a campaign widely acknowledged to have been characterised by bitterness and a catalogue of untruths, the UK voted in a referendum to end 43 years of membership of the European Union with 48% wanting to remain (16,141,241) and 52% (17,410,742) opting to leave. At 72.16% of those registered to vote, turnout was high.

Immediately after the result the country was plunged into chaos and uncertainty: the pound lost approximately 14% of its value against the dollar and 12% against the Euro, the London stock exchange slumped, the Prime Minister resigned, and the two main political parties found themselves embroiled in farcical intrigue and dispute. The political leaders of the Leave campaign either resigned or were sidelined. There is now a new Prime Minister, Theresa May (who advocated remaining), and a new team of ministers. It is hardly surprising that the referendum and its cataclysmic result and consequences feel to many people like the most worrying of political periods in the UK for many years

Date 25/07/2016
Region(s) Europe
Countries United Kingdom, European Union
Theme(s) All Themes

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