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Possible effects of Brexit on the Au Pair Programme

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:

  1. If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, it could join the European Economic Area. In this case, the free movement of people will not be affected and there won’t probably be changes in the current conditions of the Au Pairs programmes between the United Kingdom and the other countries of the European Union, so that all the European Au Pairs will continue to be Au Pairs in the United Kingdom, the European families to host Au Pair from the United Kingdom and the families in the United Kingdom to host European Au Pairs.
  2. The second possible scenario, which will have the same effects of the previous scenario in the signing countries and so won’t probably cause changes in the conditions of the Au Pair programme, would be the adoption of bilateral agreements between the United Kingdom and different countries of the European Union like Spain, France, Italy and Germany in which agreements on the free movement of citizens would be implied; therefore the smooth development of the Au Pair programmes between the United Kingdom and the other European countries and vice versa would continue to be possible.
  3. The worst case scenario for the Au Pair programmes (even if there is little possibility it will happen) would be that the United Kingdom may negotiate an agreement of association or free trade with EU without including the free movement of citizens. Therefore, unless the current conditions of the Au Pair programmes are to be modified, it would probably result necessary a visa and a work permit for all the European Aupairs who would like to go to the United Kingdom as for all the Au Pairs from the United Kingdom who would like to develop their programme in European countries and all would be subjected to the legislation of each country.

 

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.