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MEP warns EU could ‘punish’ UK researchers

Future UK participation in EU research programmes will depend on whether senior EU figures will seek to punish the UK in the Brexit negotiations, an MEP has said.

Hans-Olaf Henkel, a German MEP with the centre-right European Conservatives and Reformists Group, gave the warning after meeting with leaders of the UK’s elite Russell Group of research-intensive universities in Brussels on 30 May. The meeting discussed future UK-EU research cooperation.

Speaking after the meeting, Henkel said that the future of that cooperation depends on “whether the European Commission believes, or the [European] Council believes that Britain must be punished.” Henkel is a member of the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a former president of the Leibniz Association of German research institutes.

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