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More on the way forward after Brexit

18 February 2020

Following Brexit being officially put into action on Friday 31 January 2020, ELIA had signed the "Brexit and a cultural way forward, together" statement calling for reinforcement of cultural ties in Europe. But not only should those ties be reinforced, but they also simply need to be kept. For this reason, the European Union’s strong tradition of working across borders, through researchers working in international teams, or students participating in the Erasmus programme, must continue.

Amanda Crowfoot, Secretary General of the European Universities Association, spoke to The Guardian about the main reasons why, and the ways in which UK universities should maintain Erasmus and EU research funds. She explains that the key to this is our common sense of purpose and the recognition that we can do more together than we can alone. This desire to work in collaboration brings many benefits to universities and society, from the UK to Europe, and vice-versa. 

She urges that "Europe will lose out if the UK is missing, and the UK will suffer if it stands on the sidelines while the EU becomes a global hub for research and education. Neither the US nor China will provide alternatives to what the EU has the potential to offer.”

Nevertheless, she also addresses the challenges of maintaining this collaboration and the negotiations that come with it. Examples of these are the question of whether the UK should part in all or only some areas of EU research and education programmes, or, for instance, the calculation of financial contributions.

The outcome of this year’s negotiations will be determinant regarding the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and it will set the foundation for future cooperation in the field of research and education.

To learn more about this topic, read the full article.

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