London will lose the back-up security centre for the European Union’s Galileo satellite position service as a consequence of Brexit.
Reports from Brussels today are that the centre will instead be awarded to Madrid, with the decision to be confirmed by European Commissioners next week. The loss of the centre – awarded to London after competition in 2011 – could mean 30 jobs go elsewhere.
Commenting Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
"Brexit is already damaging the UK space industry and hurting efforts to rebalance the economy and grow high-tech exports.
"Ministers say they want the UK space sector to be a centre of growth, but their pursuit of a hard Brexit is harming the industry.
"If the government remain committed to taking Britain out of the Single Market and Customs Union, UK-based manufacturers will suffer further."