Brexit and the EU

We're working with the UK government and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

Our position

Knowledge and understanding don’t stop at borders. Nations will always achieve more together than separately, whatever the legal agreements that exist between them.

So we’re asking for a Brexit settlement in which:

What we’re doing

We want to help achieve a Brexit settlement that supports scientific excellence, international cooperation and collaboration.

Future Partnership Project

Together with the Royal Society, we launched the Future Partnership Project. We asked individuals and organisations from across the UK and EU for their recommendations about how future research and innovation partnerships should work after Brexit. 

Read the consultation report [PDF 337KB] and the submissions [PDF 12.5MB].

Alongside the consultation, the Royal Society produced a synthesis of the existing evidence [PDF 383KB] on the EU-UK relationship on research and innovation. 

To find out more about the project, please contact

Timeline of key dates


Spring 2018

January 2018


December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017 

August 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

January 2017


More information

Contact us

If you have any questions, contact Stuart Pritchard


European Union

The European Union supports science through legislation, funding opportunities and programmes to help cross-border collaboration.

Influencing policy

Science policy affects a broad range of issues, ranging from data sharing and gene editing, to intellectual property and regulation.

Research environment

The UK has a world-leading research environment.

Reports and consultations

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