Universities call for resolution of UK-EU row over Horizon

Universities have called for urgent resolution of a row about United Kingdom access to a major European Union research programme, writes Jessica Parker for BBC News.

Universities UK, which represents 140 institutions, fears ministers could be about to abandon the Horizon scheme. In a letter to the European Commission, seen by the BBC, it describes the situation as “close to the precipice”. The EU has indicated that UK participation is tied to the row about post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, with a current budget of €95.5 billion (US$102 billion). The UK’s associate membership was agreed in principle under the 2020 Trade and Cooperation Agreement, but ministers have been drawing up alternatives after complaining access was being blocked by Brussels.
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