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Brexit catalyses UK shift towards US

The British government is stepping up research collaborations with the United States, amid growing concerns over the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.

With just a month to go until 29 March, when the UK is set to leave the EU, the government has struck a flurry of science partnership deals with the US, which is already the largest partner for British research collaborations measured by jointly authored papers.

“Brexit has been a catalyst for the UK to open its eyes to the world and the expanding research budget gives it the resources to look more widely,” said Graeme Reid, chair of science and research policy at University College London. Reid pointed out that in the government’s 10-year strategy for science and innovation published in 2004, “the US barely gets a mention”.

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