A combination of the cap, the rise in EU applicants and a rule that prevents universities from discriminating in favour of homegrown talent means that British sixth formers risk losing places to well-qualified rivals from abroad.
Students from the EU are funded by the Government in the same way as British students, and count in an identical way towards universities\’ student quotas.
One answer to this is that of course, the ability of UK students to study abroad is the same as foreign EU to study here. So, in fact, there\’s no problem.
However, I\’d wager that the language skills tell a rather different story. You\’re much more likely, if a continental, to have the English skills to get through a course here than a UKite is likely to have the necessary German, Italian, French etc skills to study over there.
So not entirely a level playing field.