The British Council has been working with our European neighbours for over eighty years and we will continue to do so.
Sir Ciarán Devane, our Chief Executive, said:
'As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council has been working with our European neighbours for over eighty years and we will continue to do so. We have always believed in the strength of engaging with multilateral institutions and we will find ways to continue to work in partnership with other European countries and with EU institutions to create opportunities, build connections and engender trust.'
Ahead of the referendum, we commissioned 'The Morning After Report: The future of the UK’s cultural relationship with other European nations', a collection of essays by prominent people working in a wide variety of cultural sectors.
They offer an insight into the historic, social, artistic, scientific and educational connections between the UK and other European countries, and a reflection on how these might be shaped in years to come.
Like weather fronts and migrating swallows, culture and ideas are not stopped by border posts or passport regulations.
In the foreword to the publication Rebecca Walton, our Regional Director for the EU, said:
'Like weather fronts and migrating swallows, culture and ideas are not stopped by border posts or passport regulations. That should be a cause for celebration, and a comfort at a time of great uncertainty and change. Whatever course political events may take over the coming months and years, Europe will remain a place of cultural exchange for all of us, as it has been for millennia.'
'The Morning After Report' is available to read online and also features an essay by Lyubov Kostova, Director of British Council Bulgaria.
Culture, language and ideas know no borders. As this is the core of our work, we will continue to deliver in Bulgaria all our services and cultural relations programmes as planned.
For those who may have questions about how the EU referendum results might impact their current studies in the UK or future plans, we have compiled a list of references to official and reliable sources of information.