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Leaving the European Union

The full implications of leaving the EU will only become clear as negotiations between the UK government and EU take place.

How would Britain leaving the EU affect you?

Politicians of all opinions must make good on commitments to spend more on the NHS. They must not allow the focus on constitutional issues to detract from key challenges including:

  • expanding the physiotherapy workforce to meet service needs
  • developing preventive services
  • investing in community and primary care.

The CSP will continue to do everything we can to protect the interests of our members. We will campaign against any proposals to worsen protection for people at work.

We will continue to promote the sharing of physiotherapy research and best practice across Europe. We remain part of the European Region of the World Council for Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT). ER-WCPT includes the physiotherapy bodies from a number of European nations who are not part of the EU.

We are appalled by reports of verbal abuse against NHS staff and violence towards European nationals and BAME communities. We will challenge all forms of racism and xenophobia.

What are the implications for European physios in the UK?

If you are a European1 national working or studying in the UK nothing has changed as a result of the referendum. Your rights to live, work or study in the UK will only change if the UK Parliament passes new laws. This is unlikely to happen before the conclusion of exit negotiations. Negotiations could take up to two years from the point at which the British Government formally asks to leave the EU. The CSP will offer advice where changes are proposed which may affect members.

If you've been discriminated against at work since the referendum you should contact your local CSP steward, or send an email to the CSP Enquiries Team: enquiries@csp.org.uk for advice. If you have faced harassment outside work you should report it to the police.

What are the implications for UK physios in Europe?

If you are a British citizen living, working or studying in Europe2 , nothing has changed as a result of the referendum. The EU may change the rules around free movement in the future but this will not happen before the conclusion of exit negotiations. The CSP will offer advice where changes are proposed which may affect members.

1  EU, Swiss, Lichtenstein, Norwegian and Icelandic.
2  EU, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Iceland.

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