The RSE has responded to the joint project from the Royal Society and Wellcome Trust that is seeking to develop a shared vision for a future research partnership between the UK and the EU following Brexit. Direct participation in EU research programmes must be a continuing priority for the UK. Agreeing associated status for the UK is currently the only means of securing direct participation, and this must be a priority for Phase 2 of the Brexit negotiations. The international standing and competitiveness of the UK’s research base is in large part reliant on its ability to attract and retain the highest quality staff from across the globe. Therefore, the UK needs to adopt flexible migration policies that will provide for the mobility of researchers and students to and from the UK after Brexit.
Professor David Cole-Hamilton