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The consequences of Brexit for British football

The outcome of negotiations with the EU could have a significant effect on the ability of UK clubs to recruit talented players, says Dr Gregory Ioannidis

3 May 2017

After a series of political manoeuvres and parliamentary, constitutional, and judicial controversies, the government has triggered article 50, which opens the door for Britain’s exit from the EU. This decision will have a major effect on every facet of people’s lives and it will create several socio-economic ramifications. Football is one of the areas that it is anticipated will be affected. Given the significant role football plays in society, with its considerable financial parameters, Brexit and its consequences for British football cannot be dismissed at face value.

Free movement

One of the four fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the EU is the right of citizens to move freely within member states for the purposes of employment. As things stand, EU citizens (including football players currently working in the UK) will continue to enjoy this free...

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