UK withdrawal from the European Union

The referendum result does not entail the immediate withdrawal from European funding opportunities and the UK Government has confirmed that Horizon 2020 research funding granted before the UK leaves the EU will be underwritten by the Treasury after the UK leaves.

The link to the Government’s statement concerning Horizon 2020 funding can be found by clicking here.

Clarity on the UK’s continued participation in the Horizon 2020 programme has also been provided by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science.  These statements, reproduced below, make it clear that there is no immediate impact on UK participation within Horizon 2020.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation:

“Until the end of the negotiations, UK remains Member of the EU and therefore with all the rights and obligations, including in relation to Research Programmes like Horizon 2020. From a legal point of view, the outcome of the referendum has not changed anything. The EU law continues to apply in full to the UK and in the UK until the moment it is no longer a Member State.”

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science:

“The referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK participants can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. The future of UK access to European science funding will be a matter for future discussions. Government is determined to ensure that the UK continues to play a leading role in European and international research.”

Participation in future European funding programmes

The ATI is playing an active role, supporting the Government as it reviews the consequences of the referendum result and considers the best arrangement for UK R&I that is funded by or closely associated with European funding opportunities.

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