After weeks of speculation and uncertainty, it appears that crunch time for Brexit and the Withdrawal Agreement has arrived. Yesterday the Prime Minister brought a Draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to her Cabinet for approval. It was agreed late yesterday evening and has sparked a volatile political environment with a number of resignations today, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Alongside the 585-page Withdrawal Agreement, a much shorter political declaration on the framework for the future relationship has also been published. Assuming the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by the UK and EU parliaments, this will be the basis of the future relationship which will be agreed after withdrawal with the aim to kick in after the transition period ends in December 2020.

The future relationship framework includes mention of collaboration on science and innovation in the basis for cooperation section. This appears to leave an open door for potential future full UK association to EU programmes and schemes for science and innovation. AMRC continue to champion the patient perspective, communicating that there must be no damaging impacts on patients as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, whatever the final deal looks like.

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