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‘We have a Plan B!’ UK fires back after EU bans Brexit Britain from £80bn project

  • October 19, 2021

He wrote on Twitter: “If the EU decide Northern Ireland Protocol politics stops UK joining Horizon Europe, we have a bold Plan B!”

He was responding to British Science writer Ehsan Masood, who earlier posted: “This looks pretty big. Horizon Europe has started. How long will @beisgovuk and UK science agencies wait before they can start talks to join?

“Or go with Plan B – create a bespoke international collaboration fund?”

The UK does have a smaller existing fund for international collaboration on science and innovation.

The Fund for International Collaboration (FIC) is a £160million fund supporting international collaboration.

It boosts the UK’s ability to build new, and strengthen existing, partnerships with global research and innovation leaders – and has already supported more than 30 international collaborative programmes of research, innovation and infrastructure.

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