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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 a deal 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 regulatory alignment that allows access to new medicines and technologies.

We are expecting the UK government to publish a White Paper on immigration policy before the end of the year.

Our factsheet shows why it is important for researchers to be able to move internationally.

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

  • Brexit no-deal factsheet

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

    Read our factsheet (PDF)

  • 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: Regulation

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

    Read our factsheet (PDF)

  • UK research and the EU: A shared vision for European research

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

    Read our factsheet (PDF)

  • Case studies showing how researchers move internationally

    Read ten researchers' stories about the role that international mobility has played in their careers.

    Explore the evidence

  • Evidence on international mobility and collaboration

    The Society has published new evidence on international mobility and collaboration, to deepen our understanding of how, where and why researchers move to and from the UK.

    Explore the evidence

  • Seeking views on the the future of UK and EU scientific collaboration

    The Society is working with the Wellcome Trust to convene UK and EU science leaders to develop a shared vision for an ambitious, close and achievable future agreement on research and innovation. 

    Find out more

  • Evidence on the role of EU funding in UK research and innovation

    Detailed evidence on how EU funding breaks down across academic disciplines, institutions, industrial sectors, company sizes and regions of the UK.

    Read the report

  • Three reports on the relationship between UK research and the EU

    Before the referendum, the Society conducted a 3-part project about the influence of the UK’s relationship with the EU on UK research.

    Explore the project

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