European Research Infrastructure Consortia

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the UK will be a member of European Research Infrastructure Consortia after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

Both the ‘Framework for the UK-EU partnership in Science, Research and Innovation’ and ‘The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ outline the UK’s ambition to continue to host and support European Research Infrastructures post EU Exit. The Political Declaration also expresses the commitment of the UK and the EU to explore UK participation in European Research Infrastructure Consortia after we have left the EU.

Any country in the world can be a member of an ERIC, however membership as a third country would require the UK to accept the terms of the EU ERIC Regulation, under which these separate legal entities are formed. Therefore, our continued participation is subject to negotiation with the European Commission.

However, should membership not be possible, BEIS and delegated responsible authorities are working with each individual ERIC to explore the potential alternatives for continued UK participation.

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