Impact of leaving EU: Call for evidence

6th Jul 2016

The potential impact on and for science and research of leaving the EU will be examined by the Commons Science and Technology Committee during July.  

The Royal Society of Biology - of which the BNA is a member - would like to represent your views in their response. If you would like to respond to this enquiry then please send initial thoughts by 12th July to Dr Laura Bellingan, Director of Science and Policy (

More details:

House of Commons: Science and Technology Committee
NEW INQUIRY: Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research

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The Science and Technology Committee has decided to examine the implications and opportunities of leaving the EU for science and research. The Committee intends to hold hearings on this inquiry during July, and invites written submissions during that period, which might address the following issues:

  • 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
  • What the science and research priorities for the UK Government should be in negotiating a new relationship with the EU.
  • What science and technology-related legislation, regulations and projects will need to be reviewed in the run up to the UK leaving the EU.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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