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House of Commons Select Committee Report on Leaving the EU Published

‚ÄčThe House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has today published its report into the implications of leaving the EU for UK science and research. The report is accompanied by a set of conclusions and recommendations.

The main recommendations are as follows:

  • That the Government should develop a comprehensive strategy to communicate messages of ongoing support for the science and research community in the context of its Brexit plans;
  • That Government should be mindful of the need to clarify future immigration rules so that the UK continues to attract top-quality researchers;
  • That an immediate commitment should be made to EU researchers currently working in the UK, to exempt them from any potential outfall arising from Brexit negotiations;
  • That the interim Chair of UKRI should be formally appointed to act as a 'bridge' between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU); and
  • That DexEU should appoint a Chief Scientific Advisor as a matter of priority.

Finally, it makes a very strong statement on the messages that the Government needs to give both nationally and to stakeholders abroad:

"The Government must send a clear message now that it intends to protect the UK’s strength in science. To help allay the uncertainty arising from the Referendum result, it should set out its objectives for addressing the priority areas of concern for the science community—funding, people, collaboration, regulation and facilities. It should use the opportunity of the Autumn Statement later this month to commit, as we have previously recommended, to raising the UK’s expenditure on science R&D to 3% of GDP. This would demonstrate a determination not only to negotiating a post-Brexit relationship with the EU that is good for science but also to secure opportunities for science collaboration with markets beyond Europe."

Read statements from the Government and Universities UK

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, made this Statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum on 28 June 2016. It confirms there are no immediate changes to EU student status.

President of Universities UK, Dame Julia Goodfellow, made this Statement on the outcome of the EU referendum on 24 June 2016.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, made this Statement about EU funding for UK universities on 13 August 2016.

Read updates from the VCEG

Regular updates about the UK’s newly negotiated position and what this will mean for us at the University will be shared with you via email, the Team Brief, the Weekly Bulletin and your local college/service meetings.