An All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages has produced “Brexit and Languages: A checklist for Government negotiators and officials“, which highlights four essential language-specific objectives of the Brexit process.
- Guaranteeing residency status for EU nationals already living in the UK and safeguarding future recruitment of EU citizens to address the shortage of language skills.
- Continuing full UK participation in the Erasmus+ programme (noting the examples of Norway and Switzerland).
- Committing to legislate to replicate the rights enshrined in the 2010 European Directive on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Proceedings.
- A post-Brexit plan in education (from primary school to post-graduate research, including apprenticeships), business and the civil service, with specific actions to ensure the UK produces sufficient linguists to meet its future requirements as a leader in global free trade and on the international stage.
For further information:
Campaign standalone website: http://brexitlanguagesappgmfl.weebly.com/
APPG MFL website: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/schools/support-for-languages/thought-leadership/appg