Brexit updates

In the wake of the referendum that took place in June 2016, negotiations between the British government and the EU are currently in progress, and LEPT will keep you updated on what impacts the UK's departure might have on access to European funding for local authorities. National government has 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". UKRI has a regularly updated section dedicated to Brexit related information:  UKRI & EU exit.

As of January 2020, information on access to EU funding is still being published and added to this page.

Information can be found here, from most to least recent:

UK Research Office/ UK Research and Innovation 'Factsheet: BREXIT and Continued UK Participation in EU Programmes for Research, Innovation and Higher Education' (updated 30 October 2019)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and UK Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 funding after Brexit (updated 24 October 2019)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Guidance on European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) if there’s no Brexit deal (updated 21 October 2019)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: European Territorial Cooperation funding in a 'no deal' Brexit (updated 13 September 2019)

This publication provides information on the impact of a possible no-deal Brexit on Interreg and Urbact programmes. So far London boroughs are eligible to Interreg North-West Europe, Interreg Europe and Urbact programmes. 

European Commission: Brexit ‘no-deal' preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK's withdrawal on 31 October 2019 (4 September 2019)

This press release states the Commission is ready for UK organisations to still participate in funding programmes until the end of 2020 if the UK contributes to the EU budget and accepts controls by the EC.

'The Commission has today proposed to extend the approach of the contingency Budget Regulation for 2019 (Council Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2019/1197) with a similar measure for 2020. This means that the UK and UK beneficiaries would remain eligible to participate in programmes under the EU budget and to receive financing until the end of 2020 if the UK accepts and fulfils the conditions already set out in the 2019 contingency Regulation, pays its budget contributions for 2020 and allows the required audits and controls to take place.'

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Guidance on Horizon 2020 funding if there’s no Brexit deal (not valid as of 9 August 2019)

House of Lords European Union Committee: Brexit: the Erasmus and Horizon programmes (12 February 2019)

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)

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

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