Parliamentary briefing: House of Commons debate on exiting the European Union and global trade

​On 6 July 2017, the House of Commons will hold a general debate on exiting the European Union and global trade. This debate represents an opportunity for parliamentarians to ensure that the UK’s world-leading higher education sector is a central consideration in any future bilateral or multilateral deals which are negotiated following Brexit.

This briefing outlines some ways in which future free trade agreements could impact the UK university sector, provides initial recommendations for the government in upcoming negotiations, and outlines further work Universities UK is undertaking to strengthen our evidence base on this issue.​


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