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RIA Joint Statement with UK Academies on Triggering of Article 50

29 March 2017


PDF icon RIA Joint Statement with UK Academies on Triggering of Article 50

The Royal Irish Academy and the UK Academies today released a joint statement on higher education, research and innovation, following the formal invocation of Article 50 by the UK Government.

This statement is available to download here

Speaking at the launch of the RIA'S Brexit Taskforce, the RIA's Secretary for Policy and International Relations, Professor Peter McHugh said:

The Royal Irish Academy welcomes the release of today's joint statement with our colleagues in the British Academy, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Academy of Engineers, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Learned Society of Wales. The statement recognises the unique position of Northern Ireland as the only region within the UK which will share a land border with an EU Member State post-Brexit. As an all-island body the Royal Irish Academy represents a closely intertwined academic community (north and south), and will work to support and secure the ongoing benefits of north-south, international and EU collaboration in higher education and research.

The Royal Irish Academy's Brexit Taskforce is chaired by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, MRIA and Professor Gerry McKenna, MRIA and will report by June 2017. For more information on the RIA's Brexit Taskforce, please click here

ALLEA – the Federation of European Academies – announces its support for the joint statement here

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