On the 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. This represents one of the most profound challenges to the medical research sector in living memory, and the Academy is now working with the UK Government, EU counterparts and the wider research community to secure the best possible outcome for biomedical research from Brexit.

The Academy is committed to ensuring that our exit from the European Union is conducted in a manner that protects UK and European medical research. This must include safeguarding the people who conduct research and, importantly, the patients who benefit from advances in understanding and new treatments.

It remains a high priority for the Academy to ensure that the voice of UK medical science is heard by all parties.

A selection of our activities are provided below.

The Academy has outlined our positions on Brexit in a number of published statements and letters.

Statements on the impact of a "no-deal" Brexit on medical research

  • In October 2018, the Academy published a statement on the implications of leaving the EU without a deal.
  • This was supplmented by a letter to The Times in June 2019.

Joint statements

  • The Seven UK Academies - the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Learned Society of Wales, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Irish Academy - published a statement on research and innovation after the EU Referendum.
  • The Academy President welcomed a statement from the Federation of European Academies of Medicine on the importance of the UK to European research and the need to safeguard this relationship post Brexit.
  • The Academy signed  a Future Partnership Project statement in May 2018.

Letters to Government

  • The Presidents of the UK National Academies wrote to the Home Sectretary on 16 November 2018 outlining the importance of internationalmobility for research and innovation.

Correspondence with Fellows

  • The President wrote to all Fellows in January 2019 to outline the Academy's activities to ensure science and research is prioritised and protected as the UK leaves the EU.
  • In March 2018, the President wrote to all Fellows outlining the Academy's priorities for Brexit and how we are working to ensure that these are prioritised during the negotitaions. This letter is also available as a blog on out website.

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