After the issue of Northern Ireland, the dispute between Britain and the European Union (EU) has started again. The EU has breached the terms of the Brexit deal by excluding Britain from scientific research initiatives.
The trade and cooperation deal was a ‘flagrant breach’, according to the Foreign Secretary and the Lease Trust, which is fronting the Tory leadership race.
His government has written to Brussels to request formal dispute talks.
The UK government has insisted that the EU gives Britain the Earth observation program Copernicus, the nuclear research program EURATOM, the space surveillance and tracking program and the Horizon program for science research.
The EU is in clear violation of our agreement, repeatedly refusing to finalize access to these important programs and seeking to politicize important scientific cooperation, he commented.
“We cannot allow this to continue,” he asserted. Britain has launched a formal consultation on this and will do everything necessary to protect scientific research.”
115 funds from the Horizon program for British academic academics and scientists were canceled in July due to the ongoing Brexit dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
After then-Brexit Minister David Frost successfully negotiated associate membership of the €80 billion Horizon Europe initiative, grants were accepted for British applicants. Most of those grants are now being withdrawn.
Britain has required £15 billion in membership fees over the past seven years to participate in the scheme. The initiation of negotiations through a Partnership Council is the first stage of the dispute process. If this fails, the matter may be referred to an arbitral tribunal, which may impose sanctions for non-compliance if both parties are found to have breached the contract.