OXFORD'S universities have been 'hamstrung' by continued uncertainty over Brexit, according to the lecturers' union.

Brexit is set to be settled over the next few months, although the way it will be agreed – if at all – by MPs is still not settled.

But the UCU said they were worried universities including Oxford and Oxford Brookes' staff will need urgent clarity over research funding.

Matt Waddup, the University and College Union (UCU) head of policy and campaigns, said: "UK universities are finding themselves hamstrung by the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

"Staff and students need urgent clarity on all aspects of research funding and access to EU programmes which contribute hugely to our international success."

He added: "With Parliament in deadlock about next steps on Brexit, politicians should listen to university staff who have clearly signalled that they want a referendum on the proposed deal."

Over the last week, it has emerged the company hired to operate extra ferries which could be drafted in in the event of a no deal Brexit has no ships.

Seaborne Freight's appropriateness was again questioned when it emerged terms and conditions on its website seemed to be for a food delivery firm.

Its website read: "It is the responsibility of the customer to thoroughly check the supplied goods before agreeing to pay for any meal/order."