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’re working with the UK government and organisations that fund or directly carry out scientific research across the world, to achieve a Brexit settlement that supports scientific excellence, international cooperation and collaboration.

We’re working closely with our UK-based grantholders in universities, research institutes and Wellcome Centres.

Timeline of key dates


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