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Peer: ‘Real risk’ of brain drain as Horizon dispute drags on

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But minister says government “ready to implement comprehensive alternative programme” if UK fails to associate

The UK is at “very real risk of a brain drain” without progress on UK association to Horizon Europe, a peer has warned.

The caution from Labour peer Stephen Benn came after the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office launched a dispute process last month known as “formal consultations” with the EU over an 18-month delay to the UK’s access to EU R&D programmes.

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