||<p>We recognise that institutions and individuals are concerned about the impacts
of EU exit on staff and student mobility. Following the extension of Article 50, the
European Commission has made clear that the UK continues to participate fully in the
current programme and has reiterated that ‘the future withdrawal of the United Kingdom
cannot be invoked as a justification to cancel a Key Action 1 mobility started (or
planned to be started) while the United Kingdom is still a Member State’. This should
provide welcome reassurance to participants, providers and our partners in the EU.</p><p>Under
the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK entities' right to participate in EU programmes
during the current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), such as Erasmus+, will be
unaffected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU for the lifetime of projects financed
by the current MFF.</p><p>In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the
government will engage with the European Commission with the aim of securing the UK’s
participation in Erasmus+ until the end of 2020.</p><p>The HMG guarantee will cover
the payment of awards to UK applicants for all successful Erasmus+ bids submitted
before the end of 2020 and it commits the government to underwriting funding for the
entire lifetime of the projects. Successful bids are ones that are approved directly
by the Commission or by the UK National Agency and ratified by the Commission. Attached
guidance for Erasmus+ beneficiaries on how to register for the guarantee was published
in April on GOV.UK at <a href="https://bit.ly/2HimZlD" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/2HimZlD</a>.
Attached latest news on the possible impact of Brexit on the programme is available
on the UK National Agency website at <a href="https://bit.ly/2ItnGaE" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/2ItnGaE</a>
and this includes the UK Government's Frequently Asked Questions relating to the guidance.</p><p>Furthermore,
the Commission’s Erasmus+ contingency Regulation establishes that students abroad
on exit day will not see their mobilities disrupted, even in a no deal scenario. The
Regulation applies to mobility activities starting at the latest on the date of withdrawal
(31 October 2019) and which take place in the United Kingdom or involve entities or
participants from the United Kingdom.</p><p>Data on number of Erasmus+ participants
by participating organisations is only available for Higher Education mobility. Figures
for the last 5 academic years can be found in Table 2 in the ‘Erasmus+ UK Higher Education
Statistics 2017’ attached, available on the ‘Project Mobilities and Outputs’ section
of the website at the following link: <a href="https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/statistics"
target="_blank">https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/statistics</a>. Figures for the number
of people from the UK participating in 2019-20 will be published by the National Agency
in due course.</p><p>Data on UK participation in the Erasmus+ programme as well as
participation from outside the UK is available on the European Commission’s website.
Figures for the last 5 academic years have been deposited in the Libraries of both
Houses and are available at the following links:</p><p><a href="https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/4e5c3e1c-1f0b-11e9-8d04-01aa75ed71a1"
(‘Statistical annex 2017’, pages 20 – 51);</p><p><a href="https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/49350560-0d56-11e8-966a-01aa75ed71a1/language-en"
(‘Statistical annex 2016’, pages 22-47);</p><p><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/sites/erasmusplus2/files/erasmus-plus-annual-report-2015-annex-1_en.pdf"
(‘Statistical annex 2015’, annex 5A – 10B);</p><p><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/assets/eac/education/library/statistics/ar-statistical-annex_en.pdf"
(‘Statistical annex 2014’, table 3.7);</p><p><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/assets/eac/education/library/statistics/erasmus-plus-facts-figures_en.pdf"
</a> (‘Statistical annex 2013-2014’, page 34).</p><p> </p>