To date, the UK has committed £1.26billion (€1.4bn) to Galileo and has been closely involved in the development since its launch in 2003.
Despite the hefty contribution to the costs of the project, which when fully operational will rival the US government’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier suggested the UK faces being cut off after leaving the bloc in March.
Brussels claim that under EU law, countries outside the block will not have access to Galileo’s public regulated service (PRS), an encrypted navigation system for government users.
The decision to exclude Britain already affected the UK, with Airbus and Surrey Satellite Technology, SSTL, losing out on contracts to work on the project, despite the latter providing the brains for the current generation of Galileo satellites.
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