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Brexit science paper seeks to soothe

UK government sets out collaboration aims, but omits detail

The British government has sought to address researchers’ worst fears about the possible negative effects of Brexit on R&D collaboration, but has neglected to provide clarity on some important points.

In a paper on science and innovation collaboration published on 6 September, the government said it would “like to explore forging a more ambitious and close partnership with the EU than any yet agreed between the EU and a non-EU country”. It said it was keen to discuss the Framework programmes, space programmes, and nuclear and defence R&D.

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