The Cambridge Brexit Report

Out on Friday 28th April 2017

A first attempt at mapping the future of Cambridge and Brexit

Cambridge is an extraordinary city, home to forward-looking institutions, businesses, and people. Its diverse local community is a place of encounter for ideas, projects, and individuals from across the globe. The ‘Cambridge phenomenon’ is admired and emulated by industry leaders and policy makers from the UK and beyond. The rates of economic and population growth are testament to the success of the whole Greater Cambridge area.

The Cambridge Brexit Report is a collaboration between Cambridge for Europethe Cambridge University European Society, The Wilberforce Society, Polygeia, and Cambridge Stays. It was commissioned by Daniel Zeichner MP, and is the second part of a project that began with a Conference on 24 February, entitled Cambridge and Brexit: Discussing our Future. This Conference brought together more than 100 Cambridge community members across the political spectrum in a series of presentations and discussions about the implications of Brexit on various sectors. Both the Conference and the Report seek to understand how we can work together in mapping the way forward for Britain after Brexit, and integrate both local and national perspectives.

The Cambridge Brexit Report consists of twelve chapters, covering the Economy, Trade and Business, the Pharmaceutical Industry, Creative Industries, Agriculture, Universities and Research, Freedom of Movement and Immigration, the Constitution, Devolution and the Regions, Human Rights, the Environment, and the NHS. Each has its own approach, structure, and conclusions.


These two recommendations cut across all chapters:

  1. The vote to leave the European Union has created uncertainty as to the United Kingdom’s future; all should be done to dispel such uncertainty as soon as possible, for it proves damaging to business, investment plans, research projects, life decisions, etc.
  2. Brexit will be a momentous transition for the United Kingdom, opening up a range of opportunities in a number of fields. This Report puts forward the concerns, hopes, and recommendations of the Greater Cambridge community; other communities across the country should be offered a similar opportunity to have their say. What was achieved by a team of volunteers in Cambridge could easily be achieved by local and central government on a larger scale; we therefore recommend that the Government launch public consultations in cities and towns all over the UK, and rely on the resulting reports to inform its Brexit negotiations and policies.

The Cambridge Brexit Report

Introduction & Executive Summary

Chapter I: The Economy

Chapter II: Trade and Business

Chapter III: The Pharmaceutical Industry

Chapter IV: Creative Industries

Chapter V: Agriculture

Chapter VI: Universities and Research

Chapter VII: Freedom of Movement and Immigration

Chapter VIII: The Constitution

Chapter IX: Devolution and the Regions

Chapter X: Human Rights

Chapter XI: The Environment & Climate Change

Chapter XII: The NHS



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The Conference

Friday 24th February 2017, 1-8 pm – The Guildhall, Cambridge

A space of reflection and discussion for the Greater Cambridge community (town, gown, and beyond) on the UK’s present and future relationship with the EU as seen from Cambridge.


An opportunity to hear from local residents and The Wilberforce Society policy teams about the potential impact and opportunities of Brexit on the economy, agricultural policy, the UK’s different regions, the pharmaceutical industry, universities, and our human rights.

A lively discussion on the future of the Greater Cambridge community and the rest of the UK as negotiations to leave the EU begin. Featuring, among others, Prof Iain Martin, VC of Anglia Ruskin University; Francoise Lefevre, Cambridge alumna and partner at Linklaters; and Dr Victoria Bateman, Lecturer in Economics.

A chance for you to discuss what really matters to our community, and what direction the negotiations to leave the EU should take. Introduced by Daniel Zeichner MP, and moderated by a range of local residents and students.



The Conference is open to all. Places available online at and on the door

If you want to help with organising the Conference, please email

General queries can be directed to