Theresa May has delivered a speech on science and innovation in which she said the UK should remain part of key EU science projects and would be prepared to pay money to do so.
She said: “The United Kingdom would like the option to fully associate ourselves with the excellence-based European science and innovation programmes – including the successor to Horizon 2020 and Euratom R&T. It is in the mutual interest of the UK and the EU that we should do so. Of course such an association would involve an appropriate UK financial contribution, which we would willingly make.”
Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Belatedly, the Government seems to be waking up to the fact that breaking our links with European science and innovation programmes would be extremely damaging. Any attempts to limit the damage are of course welcome.
“But the Prime Minister remains committed to delivering a hard and destructive Brexit which will sever many of our ties with Europe. Pursuing this agenda, whilst presenting an ever-growing list of specific EU programmes that she wants to opt back into, is unlikely to wash.
“With the Brexit that was promised to the British people looking increasingly undeliverable, it is becoming clearer by the day that we need a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Notes to editors
The full speech can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-science-and-modern-industrial-strategy-21-may-2018