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Brexit risks UK’s influence on EU programmes, say academies

Leaving the European Union could lead to a “volatile” relationship with the European Commission and impair the UK's ability to influence the design of EU research programmes, peers have been told.

On 12 January, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee heard from the heads of the UK’s national academies as part of its inquiry into the effect that the UK leaving the EU would have on research. Witnesses said that the UK risked losing its ‘soft powers’ and ability to influence the design of EU Framework programmes, such as Horizon 2020, if it left the union.

Academy of Medical Sciences president Robert Lechler (pictured) said that it was still not clear how much the UK would be able to participate in the EU Framework programmes in the case of a Brexit.

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