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Horizon 2020

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN 105609, tabled on 6 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Government's policy paper, Collaboration on Science and Innovation: A Future Partnership Paper, published on 6 September 2017, whether it is his policy that the UK should remain a participant in Horizon 2020 throughout any transitional period.

Answered on

17 October 2017

Collaboration on research and innovation is mutually beneficial to the UK and the EU. The UK will look to establish an ambitious agreement on science and innovation with the EU that ensures the valuable research links between us continue to grow. This, as well as any continued participation in Horizon 2020 during an implementation period, will form part of wider negotiations as the UK exits the European Union.

As our paper makes clear, this is an area in which we would welcome a discussion with the EU.