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Impact on EMBL of UK referendum to leave EU

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has no direct consequences for the UK’s membership of EMBL

European Union flag. PHOTO: MPD01605 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
European Union flag. PHOTO: MPD01605 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Yesterday, the United Kingdom (UK) electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU).

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has no direct consequences for the UK’s membership of EMBL. There will be no immediate impact on EMBL as a whole or on EMBL-EBI in particular.

EMBL is an intergovernmental organisation and is not formally linked to the European Union; a country’s membership of EMBL is independent of its membership of the EU. EMBL was established by international treaty between its 22 member states, not all of which are members of the EU.

EMBL recruits globally to find the brightest minds. All member state and non-member state citizens can work for EMBL across its sites and this will not change, thanks to the host-site agreements in place with all of EMBL’s host countries.

The broader outcomes of the UK’s exit from the EU cannot be anticipated at present and the impact of this process on the European research landscape will take many years to become clear. In the meantime, EMBL will be actively working with international stakeholders at all levels to promote excellent science in Europe, including the UK.

Tags: Brexit, Governance, press release

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