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Brexit Means…? The British Academy’s Priorities for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Current Negotiations

Published by The British Academy

A briefing outlining our goal to ensure that the excellence and value of UK-based research, scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences are recognised and supported in the various agreements that will be required during and after the Article 50 process.

The result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU puts at risk the UK’s world-leading research excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Scholarship and research flourish in long-term stable and inter-connected frameworks that support people, collaboration, resources and regulation. EU membership has provided such frameworks for the humanities and social sciences in the UK, based on: our ability to attract an international talent pool through our open labour market; working and competing with the best in the EU; having a single regulatory framework that we have helped shape in the EU; and, winning increasing EU funding through models of funding not available in the UK.

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Brexit Briefings

The British Academy’s Brexit Briefings explore the challenges and the key issues related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU within the context of research and innovation and UK-Ireland relations. These briefings intend to raise awareness of the topics and questions that need consideration and/or responses as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU.

Europe's Futures

Our activities under the theme of Europe's Futures build on the Academy's long-standing links with partners across Europe and beyond. They aim to inform public debate as well as provide distinctive analysis and evidence to policy-makers in the UK and the rest of Europe.


We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.