Biden calls the EU’s bluff: the UK can participate in an £80 billion research initiative even if Article 16 is activated.
JOE BIDEN appears to have called the EU’s bluff after the United States praised reforms to Horizon Europe that might make it easier for non-EU researchers to participate.
Because of the draft terms for Horizon Europe funds, Britain may be allowed to join the program even if Article 16 is triggered today. After tensions over Brexit fishing conflicts and the Northern Ireland Protocol reached a breaking point, the UK was kicked out of the EU’s £80 billion research and development (R&D) initiative.
Now, with Brexit minister Lord Frost and European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic unable to reach an agreement in discussions, the Government may use Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol today.
Lord Frost has stated that he wants Northern Ireland to be considered as part of the United Kingdom, removing the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), but if the EU does not agree, Article 16 may be invoked.
While Mr. Sefcovic warned that this action could have “severe ramifications,” the United Kingdom may still be able to join Horizon Europe.
The Brexit Minister has previously requested that the UK be included in the £80 billion project as soon as possible if it is to earn a portion of the £15 billion that the UK is contributing to three science projects, including Horizon Europe.
In a speech to the House of Lords, he also stated that the United Kingdom has not broken any provisions of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) as part of the Brexit deal, which included the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe.
However, with the United States’ renewed commitment to greater transatlantic R&D cooperation through Horizon Europe, the United Kingdom may be able to reclaim its place in the project.
It comes after the European Commission discreetly released draft rules for Horizon Europe funding, which allow non-EU researchers to participate.
The United States isn’t the only non-EU country that has indicated interest in participating in the project.
Armenia will also participate in the EU’s flagship funding initiative for research and innovation, which was announced last week.
The US now hopes that strengthening ties with the EU would result in a surge in everything from basic research to crucial and emergent technology partnerships.
They also expect the EU to reopen the quantum and space programs. “Brinkwire News Summary.”