Possible effects of Brexit on the Au Pair Programme
The Brexit Referendum, which will take place on 23rd June 2016, regarding United Kingdom’s possible exit from the European Union not only will cause uncertainty on the project and future of the European Union (in financial markets and various areas such as tourism, telecommunications, etc.) but also implies reasonable doubts for all the Au Pairs and Hosting Families that want to start an Au Pair programme with an Au Pair or a Family that comes from the United Kingdom.
If the result of the Brexit Referendum is that the United Kingdom continues to be part of the European Union, there won’t probably be changes that could affect the current conditions of the Au Pair Programme between the United Kingdom and the other countries of the European Union, so the development of the Au Pair Programme will follow smoothly.
If the result of the Brexit Referendum implies the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, there will be a period of uncertainty which could last weeks or months until the United Kingdom will adopt measures and agreements mainly regarding the free movement of citizens and job issues; the duration of this period of uncertainty will depend on how fast these agreements are reached.
In case of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, we can mainly consider three possible scenarios concerning the Au Pair Programmes:
Therefore, everything seems to indicate that whatever the result of the Brexit Referendum may be next Thursday, the current conditions of the Au Pair programmes where Families or Au Pairs from the United Kingdom are involved won’t change. Anyhow, if the United Kingdom leaves Europe, there will probably be a period of uncertainty (even if not right away) on the possible effects this may cause on the Au Pair programmes.