Guidance for projects if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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28 June 2019
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There would be no change in the existing arrangements for current EU funded projects.

All current aspects of managing projects would remain, including:

  • submission and payment of claims
  • verification checks
  • retention of relevant records

Projects will continue to use WEFO Online to submit and update information.

The UK government has guaranteed funding for all projects approved by December 2020. This includes:

  • European Structural Funds programmes
  • European Territorial Co-operation programmes
  • Ireland Wales programme
  • programmes managed by the European Commission

We will only draw on the UK Government guarantee for claims that are not paid by the European Commission. This situation may not happen. Until then the current arrangements stay in place.

The current deadline of 31 December 2023 for programme delivery remains unchanged.

Projects currently being developed

If you are working on potential projects, you should continue to develop your plans with us.

Projects approved and receiving funding

A Statutory Instrument has been laid in Parliament. This allows existing structural funds regulation to transfer into UK law.

Current EU funded projects will receive a revised grant offer letter. This will refer to the Statutory Instrument instead of existing regulations. The existing rights and obligations of all parties will remain unchanged.

Horizon 2020

The UK government guarantee also includes UK partners in approved Horizon 2020 projects.

If you are receiving funding, you should register your Horizon 2020 project before the UK exits the EU.

This will ensure your project will receive guarantee payments if needed.

What you can apply for after the UK leaves the EU

The funding guarantee extends beyond the date of leaving the EU. This means you can apply for Horizon 2020 programmes open to countries outside the EU.

What you cannot apply for after the UK leaves the EU

In the event of no deal, UK organisations would not be able to take part in some parts of the Horizon 2020 programmes which are only open to EU Member States.  These include:

  • European Research Council
  • some of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • the SME Instrument

European Territorial Co-operation and the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme

The UK government has guaranteed funding for UK organisations involved with these programmes.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

If there is a no deal exit from the EU, UK organisations may not be able to take part in these programmes. If this happens, the UK Government will provide organisations affected, with further details.

Rules about sharing personal data between the EU and the UK

Following Brexit, the rules about sharing personal data between the EU and the UK will change. Find out more about how these changes will affect you or your organisation.