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After the Brexit: nothing will change in close relationship with british colleagues

30 Jan 2020

EFPA and the British Psychological Society (BPS) have had a close relationship since EFPA was founded in 1981. British psychologists in particular have contributed greatly to the development of our EuroPsy standard.

News - After the Brexit: nothing will change in close relationship with british colleagues

Update: Jan 31, 2020

reply BPS: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-reaffirms-commitment-european-partnerships

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Brussels, Jan 29, 2020

Already after the vote in the UK on UK membership in the European Union, EFPA and BPS reaffirmed their strong bond as European psychologists. Even though many psychologists face multiple problems in research and practice, the decision as the result of a democratic process must be respected.

Today we write again as the agreement on Britain's withdrawal from the EU has now been signed by both the Presidents of the European Council and the Commission and the British Prime Minister, bringing the date of 31 January, when Britain leaves the EU, closer.

EFPA and the British Psychological Society (BPS) have had a close relationship since EFPA was founded in 1981. British psychologists in particular have contributed greatly to the development of our EuroPsy standard. As you know, EFPA is an association for psychologists throughout Europe. Not only for those in EU countries. Therefore, from this point of view, nothing will change in the relationship between EFPA and BPS after 31 January 2020.

We know that while there is obviously democratic support for Brexit in the UK, many psychologists are concerned about the possible impact on their future working conditions, given the global nature of our discipline and profession. This is particularly true for those who work in academic institutions and who work across borders with colleagues in other countries in research and teaching.

To ensure that this continues to be possible, we are prepared to assist with representations in every way possible in the negotiations on Britain's relations with the EU over the next 11 months and beyond. The close ties and friendship between the British Psychological Society and EFPA are very important to us.

"We will continue to nurture and strengthen this bond and friendship in the future.”

(signed)

Christoph Steinebach (EFPA President)

Sabine Steyaert (EFPA Director)

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