I don't believe there's anything confidential here so here's what Iain Mattaj, EMBL Director, told us back in February
The United Kingdom (UK) will hold a referendum on its continued membership of the European Union (EU) on 23 June. In light of questions that have come to my attention about the potential impact the results of this referendum could have on EMBL I think it is worth outlining the facts.
A UK vote to leave the EU would have no direct consequences for the UK’s membership of EMBL. Consequently there would be no direct impact on EMBL as a whole or on EMBL-EBI in particular.
EMBL is an intergovernmental organisation and is not formally linked to the European Union; a country’s membership of EMBL is independent of its membership of the EU. EMBL was established by international treaty between its 21 member states, not all of which are members of the EU. For example, Israel and Switzerland, both founding members of EMBL, are not part of the EU. Conversely, some EU members are currently not EMBL member states.
EMBL recruits globally to find the brightest minds. All member state and non-member state citizens can work for EMBL across its sites and this would not change in the case that the UK should decide to leave the EU, thanks to the host-site agreements in place with all of EMBL’s host countries.
The UK has been a member of EMBL since its foundation in 1974. Over the years EMBL has maintained an extremely fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship with the UK, its political representatives and its scientific community. In the past few years this has become particularly apparent through the major investments the UK government and charities such as the Wellcome Trust have made to support and advance EMBL-EBI and the development of its campus. There are no indications at all that the UK is considering to terminate its membership in EMBL or change anything regarding its commitment as the host country of EMBL-EBI.
Let me also take the opportunity to mention that EMBL has worked closely together with the EU for many years in a variety of ways to promote the life sciences in Europe. Both organisations are committed to the promotion of international scientific cooperation and I confidently expect that our relationship will remain both close and constructive in the future.