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UK government considers withdrawing from EU science and research programmes 

The government is considering withdrawing from EU science and research
programmes worth £77 billion because of deteriorating relations with
Brussels. Ministers are working on alternatives to Horizon Europe, the
EU’s research funding scheme, Copernicus, its satellite system, and
Euratom, its atomic energy treaty.

Withdrawing would pull up to £15
billion in funding from Brussels and deny British researchers the
opportunity to participate in its programmes. A government paper circulated
to a Brexit cabinet sub-committee last week and leaked to The Sunday
Telegraph suggests that the government is considering pulling out of the
schemes if relations with Brussels deteriorate further. The UK is to pay
£2.1 billion annually to the Horizon programme to maintain access for
British scientists and researchers to pan-European projects and funding. It
has also secured access to the Copernicus Earth observation programme,
important to the UK space sector, and has also agreed to continue its
involvement in the Euratom nuclear research programme.

 Times 8th Nov 2021

 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/row-with-european-union-puts-77bn-science-and-research-schemes-at-risk-33n82pv9z

November 9, 2021 - Posted by | politics international, UK

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