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Brexit, Science and Innovation: Preparations for 'No-Deal' inquiry launched

19 December 2018

The UK is due to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. At present the House of Commons has not voted on, or agreed, the Government's Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union. 

What will ‘No Deal' mean for science and innovation?

Building on the work we have already undertaken on Brexit in this Parliament we intend to explore in January 2019 the Government and its non-departmental public bodies' preparedness for a ‘No-Deal' Brexit.

We intend to hold an oral evidence session on 30 January 2019 on ‘No-Deal' Brexit preparedness in relation to science and innovation.

Ahead of us holding that evidence session we would welcome short written contributions from the science and innovation community and others on:

  • what a No Deal Brexit would mean for the science and innovation community; and
  • the adequacy of what the Government and its non-departmental public bodies are doing to prepare for such an outcome.

We acknowledge that the window for individuals and organisations to contribute to our work is short, but this is necessary given the need to conduct this work quickly in response to events. Submissions received by 23 January will influence the questions we will ask; however, we will continue to accept submissions after this date.


During the course of this Parliament we have conducted two specific inquiries on Brexit:

We have recently also corresponded with the Science Minister on Brexit preparedness.

Submitting written evidence

Submit written evidence via our inquiry page.

Each submission should:

  1. be in Word format with as little use of logos as possible
  2. have numbered paragraphs
  3. include a declaration of interests.

Please note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

The Committee values diversity and seeks to ensure this where possible. We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence.

Further information

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