The RSE has responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Inquiry in to the implications of a ‘no deal’ Brexit for science and innovation.

The RSE has been clear that securing direct and full participation in Horizon 2020 and its successor, Horizon Europe, should be a priority.

The greatest risk, arguably, of a no deal Brexit is the high level of uncertainty associated with this outcome. The UK Government has sought to reassure the science and innovation community with commitments to underwrite UK participation in EU research programmes post-Brexit. However, there is a significant lack of clarity and detail on how the underwrite will operate in practice.

Depending on the role that UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will play in the event of a no deal, it will be important to ensure that there is Scottish and devolved administration representation in UKRI governance arrangements.

Read more about the response here.