UK Rejoins European Science Programme After Post-Brexit Row
Faizan Hashmi Published September 07, 2023 | 04:40 PM
London, Sept 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Sep, 2023 ) :Britain is to rejoin the Horizon Europe science research programme, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's office and the European Union said on Thursday, after UK scientists were frozen out in a post-Brexit row.
Scientists welcomed the agreement as "a great day for researchers in the UK and across Europe" and a relief after two-and-a-half years of "uncertainty", raising hopes among anti-Brexit campaigners of further closer collaboration with the EU.
But following a call on Wednesday, Sunak and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that Britain was rejoining under what was billed as a "bespoke deal".
Nobel laureate Paul Nurse, director of biomedical research centre at the Francis Crick Institute, said he was "thrilled to finally see that partnerships with EU scientists can continue".
But it will not have to pay for the time it was locked out of the programme.
"We will continue to be at the forefront of global science and research," she added.
- 'Great day' - The deal means that UK researchers can apply immediately for grants and bid to take part in projects under the Horizon scheme, which is the world's largest civil research and innovation programme.
Instead it will "take forward its own fusion energy strategy"," Downing Street said.
The announcement was given an enthusiastic welcome across the UK scientific community.
"This is a great day for researchers in the UK and across Europe," said a joint statement by the academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
"The Horizon programme is a beacon of international collaboration and UK-based academic and industrial researchers will now be back at the heart of that," they added.
"There will be relief throughout the research community that the uncertainty of the last two-and-a-half years has come to an end," she said.