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Brexit in space

A ministerial council meeting of the European Space Agency will seek to strengthen European cohesion, despite the UK vote to leave the European Union.

The European Space Agency will hold a two-day ministerial council in Lucerne, Switzerland, this week. Such meetings are held once every three years and are used to determine strategy and funding. Although the agency is independent of the EU, many of its big projects—such as the Galileo global navigation satellite system and the Copernicus Earth observation system—are funded by the EU and the agency is also committed to strengthening Europe. All of which complicates Brexit.

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