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Government Minister questioned on implication of Brexit for UK science

25 October 2016

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee hears evidence on the implications of Brexit on UK science from the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson MP.

Purpose of the session

The Committee has examined the immediate consequences of Brexit and what the Government needs to do to protect the interests of UK science as it negotiates the UK's exit from the EU.

In this final session, the Committee explores issues with Jo Johnson such as whether there is evidence of the science community encountering problems in relation to securing funding for future projects and what reassurances the Government can offer EU researchers working in the UK that satisfactory immigration and nationality arrangements will be made for after the UK has left the EU.


Tuesday 25 October in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.05am

  • Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Education (DfE)

Possible questions

The evidence session cover questions such as:

  • It has been suggested that now would be a good time for the UK to host a major international research facility, emphasising its new place in the world after Brexit. What is your assessment of this suggestion, and have other bold ideas for UK research after Brexit caught your attention?
  • What form of engagement from the science and research community would be most helpful to you as you contribute to Brexit negotiations? 
  • Does Brexit have implications for the role and shape of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)? Brexit will bring transfers of policy and regulatory responsibilities from the EU to the UK. Do you plan to analyse – or ask the Government Chief Scientific Advisor to analyse – new requirements for scientific advice in government following Brexit?

Further information

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