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Next Framework programme will shape UK’s post-Brexit choices

Both sides are showing a positive attitude, but the UK’s best options will depend on the European Union’s priorities for research funding, says Vicky Ford MP.

As Brexit negotiations get underway, continuing collaboration between the UK and the European Union on research and technology initiatives will be an important feature of the talks. This is one of the UK government’s 12 priorities, and will be a significant element of a long-term strategic partnership between Britain and Europe.

Research and innovation is an essential part of maintaining the UK’s competitiveness and future growth. It is also vital for addressing some of society’s greatest challenges. The UK has world-leading scientists in many areas, including health, transport, energy and crop research. Our expertise is often enhanced through international collaboration.

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