This week has seen the launch of Brexit & Languages: A checklist for Government negotiators and officials, by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages. This check-list will be of interest to those involved in the teaching of languages, as it highlights four specific objectives to be considered during the Brexit process:
1. 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.
2. Continuing full UK participation in the Erasmus+ Programme.
3. Committing to legislate to replicate the rights enshrined in the 2010 European Directive on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Proceedings.
4. 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.
The role of the APPG is to provide a parliamentary forum for raising the profile of foreign language skills across the UK. Chaired by Nia Griffith MP and Co-Chaired by Baroness Coussins, members include parliamentarians and external experts. The Languages & Brexit check-list is being presented to leaders of the main political parties, MPs and Peers this week.
For more information on the campaign: http://brexitlanguagesappgmfl.weebly.com
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