European Research Area

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of the UK becoming an associate member of the European Research Area after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the status of the UK will be in discussions for the next 9th EU RTD Framework Programme once the Government has triggered Article 50.

Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what role the UK will have in discussions and preparations for the 9th EU RTD Framework Programme during the process of the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

This Government wants the UK to be the go-to place for researchers, innovators and investors across the world, and we intend to secure the right outcome for the UK research base as we exit the European Union.

As my Rt Hon. Friend the Prime Minister has said, we would welcome an agreement to continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research, and technology initiatives. However it is too early to speculate on the UK’s future relationship with specific EU research programmes, including Horizon 2020 and successor programmes.

The Government is committed to ensuring the UK remains a world leader in international research and innovation.

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