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Brexit and UK science

President of the Royal Society Venki Ramakrishnan and lab group.

The Royal Society is working to achieve the best outcome for research and innovation through the Brexit negotiations and support continuing relationships and build new ones across Europe and beyond.

We need an outcome that: 

  • Keeps highly-skilled scientists working in the UK and ensures that international talented people still choose to come here and contribute to our globally competitive science
  • Keeps access to money and networks that support the UK to work with scientists around the world.
  • Maintains regulation that supports access to new medicines, technologies and constructive collaborations.

Find out more about the Society's work to build and maintain relations with the European and international science community.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, it will impact on scientific research immediately and could take years to rebuild.

Our factsheet explains why leaving the EU with "no-deal" is a bad deal for science.

Read our factsheet now (PDF)

Our work

  • Q&A for researchers: Access to research funding

    Frequently asked questions for scientists and researchers concerning access to research funding.

    Read the Q&A

  • Q&A for researchers: Working in the EU and UK

    Frequently asked questions for scientists and researchers concerning working in the EU and UK.

    Read the Q&A

  • The Royal Society's position

    Statement on the principles that should shape the UK’s future relationship with the EU in the area of research and innovation.

    Read our statement (PDF)

  • Brexit and General Election 2019

    The Royal Society’s manifesto calls on government to secure a good Brexit outcome for science. Find out more.

    Read our manifesto (PDF)

  • Horizon Europe

    Read our position on the UK seeking association to the ninth EU Framework Programme for research and innovation.

    Read the statement

  • UK research and the EU: People

    Researchers working in the UK are from around the world. 

    Read our factsheet (PDF)

  • UK research and the EU: Funding and collaboration

    When we do research, we build on the body of knowledge that has been accumulated through the work of people around the world, and add to it. 

    Read our factsheet (PDF)

  • UK research and the EU: Regulation

    In a globalised world, we need regulation that supports research and innovation and earns public confidence.

    Read our factsheet (PDF)

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