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May: UK will pay to be part of EU science programmes post-Brexit

The UK wants to continue participating in European Union science and education programmes after Brexit and is willing to pay for it, prime minister Theresa May has said.

In a speech in Florence on 22 September, May said the UK would continue paying into the EU budget until the end of the current budget period in 2020—a commitment that is expected to cost about €20 billion (£17.5bn).

“The UK will honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership,” May said in the speech, which appeared to strike a conciliatory tone as she urged the EU to agree to terms that would benefit both sides as the UK prepares to leave the bloc.

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