Statement from Professor Kevin Featherstone, Head of the LSE European Institute, on the Referendum result
I write to you following the result of yesterday’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.
Yesterday’s leave vote creates a new fluidity in the politics and economics of Europe, questioning assumptions and creating new scenarios. The UK vote will prompt a new and complex agenda of negotiation, provoke political reactions and contestation, and sustain an air of uncertainty and doubt. From that perspective, there has rarely been a more interesting or important time to study or understand ‘Europe’.
I also want to reassure you that we expect short-term change at the School to be minimal. The decision to maintain the current level of fees for EU students has already been taken – this is for students who are registered at the School in 2016-17, either as a new or continuing students. Our EU offer holders can also expect an additional email from the School shortly, with more details about the implications of this vote.
The European Institute at LSE is well-placed to facilitate debate, fresh thinking, and sound analysis. The Brexit vote does not change this. We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting academic year in our unrivalled programme of public events to discuss this new agenda.
Head of the LSE European Institute