The European Union’s decision to grant the UK a six-month delay to Brexit could help Britain retain some influence over the design of the EU’s next R&D programme.
At an emergency summit on 10 April, EU leaders agreed to allow the UK to leave the EU any time up to 31 October. The UK will have to hold European elections on 23 May unless MPs have ratified a Brexit deal before that. If the UK does not hold European elections, it will leave on 1 June without a deal.
“Having an extension now is very beneficial as it increases the likelihood of either a closer association or ditching Brexit entirely,” said Mike Galsworthy, co-founder of the campaign group Scientists for EU.