Wellcome’s recommendations on what should be included in a new EU-UK research partnership and how it could be delivered. It is based on the views of European and UK experts.
- background – why we undertook this project
- the negotiating process – what we did
- the agreed text our simulation produced and how each compromise was reached
- lessons learned and recommendations
Who this is for
- UK/EU politicians and civil servants
- UK/EU science communities
- anyone interested in the post-Brexit science agreement
- A post-Brexit EU-UK science deal is possible and would be a 'win-win' for both parties.
- Full UK association to Horizon Europe, with as few restrictions on access as possible, must be at the heart of any EU-UK science deal.
- Negotiating a science deal will involve finding compromise, and time is extremely short. If the UK has any chance of being part of Horizon Europe on day one, negotiations must start immediately.
- The teams found it easy to agree broad principles but found it harder to translate this into specific text and commitments. Existing precedents from Horizon 2020 agreements and elsewhere in the Brexit negotiations provided inspiration for our final agreement.
- Although formal negotiations to join Horizon Europe cannot start until the legislation is finalised, the UK government can start informal negotiations over aspects of the UK’s participation. The UK must start talks with the Commission immediately so that the formal negotiation process is as smooth as possible.
- The UK government must put full participation in Horizon Europe at the core of its science ambition. Any new UK funding must be in addition to, not as replacement for, Horizon Europe.
- With Horizon Europe due to start in January 2021, there is no room for extensions and delay. A standalone science deal, that can be implemented separately to the future EU-UK FTA, offers the best chance of UK participation in Horizon Europe from day one.
A post-Brexit agreement for research and innovation - outcomes from a simulated EU-UK negotiation