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Brexit talks ‘must tackle research and education now’

The politicians negotiating the future relationship between the EU and the UK cannot delay discussions on research and education any longer, leaders of the European University Association have said.

Preparations for collaboration on research and education must begin “immediately”, EUA president Rolf Tarrach and vice-president Paul Boyle said on 4 May. The EU’s next R&D programme will start on 1 January 2021, a day after the Brexit transition period ends, they pointed out, adding: “There is a real risk that all the complex EU-UK trade and other negotiations will not be complete by that date.”

Both the EU and the UK would suffer if this were to happen, they warned. They said the negotiators should aim for full UK participation in the R&D Framework and Erasmus education programmes, even though the former has been ruled out by research commissioner Carlos Moedas. 

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