UK triggers Brexit, EUA advocates for continued university collaboration
06 April 2017
On 29 March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May officially declared the intent of the UK to leave the European Union. Shortly afterwards, the European Parliament and Council published their guidelines for the next two years of negotiations.
EUA has been following the potential impact of Brexit on European higher education and research since the months leading up to the July 2016 referendum. The Association’s position is clear: EUA will work for the closest possible cooperation between EU and UK universities after Brexit, preferably through formal association of the UK to the research Framework Programmes and Erasmus+. Both the EU and the UK have expressed rather clearly that they would have an interest in such an arrangement.
The present situation does not change immediately: The UK will be a full member of the European Union until the end of the negotiations, likely in early 2019, and British universities will have full access to Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ during that time. It is the hope of EUA that there will be a smooth transition so that universities in the UK will continue to benefit from these programmes in the future.
Since the Brexit vote, EUA has continuously published facts and statements to support British participation in European programmes, often together with its member Universities UK. These are all gathered on the EUA Brexit page.