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Brexit and UK science

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On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The Society is working to ensure the best possible outcome of this decision for UK research and innovation.

Before the referendum, the Society conducted a 3-part project gathering evidence about the influence of the UK’s relationship with the EU on UK research. The project covered the role of the EU in funding UK research and in international research collaboration and researcher mobility, as well as the role of EU regulation and policy in governing UK research.

What is the Society doing? 

The Society is working closely with its Fellowship and the broader research and innovation community to seek the best possible outcome. We are calling on government to secure the UK’s competitiveness as a leading scientific nation by ensuring that the UK remains as closely engaged with EU research programmes, networks and facilities as possible. There should be no decline in overall public funding for science. It will also be important to ensure that the UK can retain and attract outstanding researchers from other countries, and that UK-based scientists can continue to collaborate with excellent scientists elsewhere in the world, including in Europe.

If you would like to get in touch with the Society about our work in this area, please email: science.policy@royalsociety.org 

Further reading

  • The Royal Society's Response to the Lords Select Committee report

    Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society responded to the publication of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee's report on Brexit and UK science.

    Read the comment

  • Scientists renew post-Brexit collaboration and commitment across Europe

    The Royal Society, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Leopoldina have published a joint statement.

    Read the statement

  • Evidence from Technopolis Group on the role of EU funding in UK research and innovation.

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

    Read the report

  • 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

  • The Royal Society response to Article 50 being triggered

    Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, responds to decision to trigger Article 50 as part of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

    Read the full response

  • The role of the EU in international research collaboration and researcher mobility

    The Society has conducted a 3-part phased project gathering evidence about the influence of the UK’s relationship with the EU on UK research.

    Explore the project

  • The Royal Society comments on EU referendum

    Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, responded to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

    Read the full comments

  • Venki Ramakrishnan Parliamentary Links Day Speech

    Venki Ramakrishnan made a keynote speech at Parliamentary Links Day at the House of Commons. 

    Read the full speech

  • UK national academies publish joint statement on research and innovation after the EU Referendum

    The Academies published a joint statement on research and innovation after the EU Referendum.

    Read the statement

  • European Academies’ statement: Science Is Global

    The Royal Society along with national academies across the UK and Europe issued a joint statement about the importance of the international nature of research.

    Find out more

  • The Royal Society's response to guarantees on EU grant funding

    Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society responded to the announcement of guarantees on EU grant funding.

    Read the full response

  • Consultation response: leaving the EU: implications for UK climate policy

    The Society submitted evidence to the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry.

    Read the full response

  • Consultation response: Leaving the EU - implications and opportunities for science and research

    The Society submitted evidence to the Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry.

    Read the full response

  • The Royal Society comments on Prime Minister Theresa May's 12 negotiating priorities for Brexit

    Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, responded to Theresa May's Brexit speech outlining her 12 negotiating objectives.

    Read more

  • Consultation response: Immigration

    The Society has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.

    Read the response

  • Consultation response: Submission to the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020

    The Society has submitted evidence to the European Commission.

    Read the submission

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