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Brexit updates

In the wake of the referendum that took place in June 2016, the UK will officially be leaving the European Union on 29 March 2019. Negotiations are currently in progress, and LEPT will keep you updated on what impacts the UK's departures might have on European funding. As of November 2018, one programme, LIFE, has published a statement regarding UK beneficiaries. National government has also issued a statement regarding Horizon 2020, where it clairifies that it will "guarantee funding for competitively bid for EU projects submitted before we leave the EU, including Horizon 2020 projects".

More information on these declarations as well as the statement LEPT issued in November 2016 can be found here:

European Commission slides: The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement explained (8 February 2019) 

Innovate UK blog post: We need your input on the Horizon 2020 grants you hold (31 January 2019)

European Commission Press Release: Brexit Preparedness: European Commission adopts final set of “no-deal” contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and the EU budget (30 January 2019)

This document states that in case of a no-deal, 'UK beneficiaries of EU funding would continue to receive payments under their current contracts, provided that the United Kingdom continues to honour its financial obligations under the EU budget. This issue is separate from the financial settlement between the European Union and the United Kingdom'.

Department for Transport: The Connecting Europe Facility (Revocation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (December 2018)

House of Commons Briefing Paper: UK funding from the EU (November 2018)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Guidance on Horizon 2020 funding if there’s no Brexit deal (August 2018)

LIFE Programme statement: Brexit information for UK beneficiaires of LIFE grants (February 2018)

LEPT statement: EU Referendum - Implications of Brexit (November 2016)