Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research

28 June 2016

The Science and Technology Committee has decided to examine the implications and opportunities of leaving the EU for science and research.

The Chair of the Science and Technology Committee has also written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to highlight Brexit issues for science and research in the UK that should be addressed during negotiations with the EU.

Send written submissions

The Committee intends to hold hearings on this inquiry during July, and invites written submissions during that period, which might address the following issues: 

1. What the effect of the various models available for the UK’s future relationship with the EU will be on UK science and research, in terms of:

  • Collaboration;
  • Free movement of researchers and students;
  • Access to funding;
  • Access to EU-funded research facilities, both in the UK and abroad
  • Intellectual property and commercialisation of research

2. What the science and research priorities for the UK Government should be in negotiating a new relationship with the EU.

3. What science and technology-related legislation, regulations and projects will need to be reviewed in the run up to the UK leaving the EU.

4. The status of researchers, scientists and students working and studying in the UK when the UK leaves the EU, and what protections should be put in place for them.

5. The opportunities that the UK’s exit presents for research collaboration and market access with non-EU countries, and how these might compare with existing EU arrangements.

6. What other measures the Government should undertake to keep UK science and research on a sound footing, with sufficient funding, after an EU exit.

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