Brexit updates

The UK has officially exited the European Union on 31 January 2020. The negotiated Withdrawal Agreement guarantees that UK participants can continue to participate in EU Programmes financed by the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure. On this page, you will find regularly updated information and guidance on access to European funding programmes for UK beneficiaries. As of April 2020, information is still being published and chronologically added to this page. If you are looking for additional information, UKRI has a regularly updated section dedicated to Brexit related information:  UKRI & EU exit.

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 on 2 March 2020)

HM Treasury EU Funded Programmes under the Withdrawal Agreement (31 January 2020)

'Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure.' 

Innovate UK/ UK Research and Innovation Horizon 2020: what it is and how to apply for funding (31 January 2020)

European Commission Questions and Answers on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020 (24 January 2020)


Specific programme information

LIFE programme: 'UK applicants and beneficiaries remain eligible to receive LIFE funds for the entire duration of grants under the 2014-2020 LIFE programme, including after the end of the transition period. This applies to existing grants, ongoing procedures and calls for proposals published in 2020 even if the grant is signed after 31 December 2020.'

Interreg Europe: 'The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. The withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union was ratified by both parties. Thanks to the agreement, Interreg Europe programme and its projects can continue as originally planned.'


Past information

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)

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)

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)

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