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In the wake of last month’s triggering of Article 50, the tumultuous prospect of a hard Brexit has been widely speculated on. Sources say the economy has fared surprisingly well since the referendum, with growth both in the manufacturing and service sectors. But evidence suggests its effects have already begun to hit higher education, as studying in the UK seems to look less appealing to EU applicants. Figures from UCAS show a six per cent drop in applicants from within the EU since last year.
On Tuesday morning the Prime Minister announced the government will table a motion in parliament to hold a general election on 8 June 2017. If the motion passes on Wednesday, this will have been the second general election in just 764 days. And 350 days since the whole of the United Kingdom went to the polls for the EU referendum. For voters in Northern Ireland it will have been 99 days since they last voted.
Thousands of children in England have lost out on their first choice of primary school this year, as councils face increasing pressure to provide enough places for the rapidly growing population. More than 600,000 four-year-olds were due to be allocated school places for September on what has become known as National Offer Day. While many parents expressed disappointment, early indicators suggest more than 91 per cent of pupils in England did receive their preferred choice of state primary school.