Statement on Brexit by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Francis Crick Institute

Statement on Brexit

Today marks the next chapter in the UK’s relationship with Europe. While we wait to see what a future relationship brings, researchers will continue to work across borders to tackle society’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, ageing and disease.

Science thrives when it has no boundaries and the Francis Crick Institute, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Wellcome Sanger Institute are defined by our diversity and international nature.

One of EMBL’s six sites – the European Bioinformatics Institute – is located in the UK at the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside the Sanger Institute.

All three institutions bring people together from diverse backgrounds, often across borders. This enhances science and will drive the continued success of research in the UK and Europe.

Whatever the outcome of Brexit, we will remain open and welcoming to scientists and students from around the world.

We all benefit from these collaborations, not just scientists. As we continue to work together across Europe, we can deliver greater benefits for people around the world.

Professor Sir Mike Stratton
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Professor Edith Heard
Director General
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Professor Sir Paul Nurse
Francis Crick Institute

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