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Freeman: three reasons why plan B is taking so long


UK science minister addresses concerns over delays to Horizon Europe backup plan

Science minister George Freeman has explained why the government has taken so long to prepare its long-promised backup plan to UK membership of Horizon Europe, as hopes fade that the country’s access to the EU programme will be signed off.

The UK’s association to the EU’s €95.5 billion (£82bn) R&D programme has been held up by political disputes over the Northern Ireland protocol, leaving UK grantees unable to receive funding from the bloc.

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