Brexit Negotiation update
On the 8 December 2017, the EU and UK announced agreement, in principle, on the main issues for the withdrawal. On the 15 December the European Council declared that ‘sufficient progress’ had been made on negotiations, which alloed the talk to move on to phase two.
Included in the agreement were several points which directly affect UK Higher Education Institutions. Firstly there was a common understanding that UK/ EU Citizens already living in EU/ UK respectively would continue to enjoy this right, provided they arrive before the leave day (29th March 2019).
Furthermore the UK will continue to pay into the EU budget until the end of the current multi-annual financial framework in 2020, and pay its share of liabilities incurred by that date. This means that the UK will continue to benefit from EU programmes during this period, including Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, and UK-based individuals and organisations will be eligible to bid for funding for calls in 2019 and 2020, whether that be as a participant or a lead.
Naturally there are many issues which remain to be discussed in phase 2, and a large number of topics that affect UK Research and Innovation, and the Higher Education Sector, require further discussion. Among these are Euratom, the European Court of Justice and goods placed in market before exit.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, welcomed the agreement but stated that the talks should have progressed much faster: "The Prime Minister has done what is necessary to get the talks on to the next stage - but we should have got to this point many months ago."
London Higher Europe will continue to relay relevant information to European contacts, as well as UK institutions, to minimise uncertainty for UK participants applying for funding in 2019 and 2020.