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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". As of February 2019, contingency plans in case of a no-deal Brexit are progresively being published and added to this page.

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

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: European Territorial Cooperation funding in a 'no deal' Brexit (28 February 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. In the event of a no-deal, these could not be accessed starting 30 March 2019. Partners currently involved in projects were funding has been agreed will be able to continue. Note (1 April 2019): The guidance has not been updated.

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)

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)