Dear Colleagues,

It has been a week of continued uncertainty over Brexit as Parliament struggles to find a clear way forward. Regardless of the political turmoil that surrounds us we will continue to campaign for access to European research networks and immigration reform that will allow science to thrive.

This week’s President’s Address had a clear message to decision-makers in Westminster and Brussels, as well as our partners and friends: “We will not relent in our quest to keep our doors open to students, collaborations and colleagues from around the world.”

Following the vote last night the Prime Minister will bring her deal back to Parliament for a third Meaningful Vote next week. If her deal passes she will request a short extension to 30 June to pass the necessary legislation. If her deal does not pass she will request a longer extension to pursue another course of action. Either way if the other member states agree to an extension, Brexit would be delayed.

Until we know for certain what the outcome of the Brexit process will be, we continue to prepare contingency plans for all possibilities. The College Brexit Advisory Group meets regularly and you can email the group with feedback, ideas or questions at

Another important Parliamentary vote will take place next week and we will update you again once we know the result. In the meantime please visit our Imperial and the European Union webpages for regular updates and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions that aren’t covered on the webpages or you need more information there are contact details for staff who can help.

Please feel free to get in touch with any concerns you want to raise, or ideas you have for how we can best prepare for the impact of Brexit.

Best wishes,

Alice and Ian

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost