The European Association of Urology (EAU) understands that a referendum in the United Kingdom (UK) has suggested that there is a majority view (by a narrow margin) in support of the UK leaving the European Union (EU). The vast majority of colleagues within urology and members of the EAU feel that this is an extremely retrograde step. As clinicians and scientists working within the EAU, we are committed to collaborative working practice across Europe for the benefit of our patients.
As it currently stands, there will be no change to the status of the UK within the EU until the British government formally requests withdrawal from the EU under Article 50. The EAU will continue to monitor the situation as the outcome of the referendum is translated into political consequences.
Where possible, we will work with national and international bodies to ensure that science and the quality of care does not suffer. We will continue to encourage and support cross-border research, especially for young researchers. The EAU membership of British urologists is not in question. Together, we will continue to work to ensure an equal level of healthcare throughout Europe and beyond.
On behalf of the EAU Board
Prof. Chris Chapple
EAU Secretary General