‘It’s not in our best interests!’ Frost claims that the UK will abandon a £15 billion EU project in order to fund its own research.
DAVID FOST has announced that if a deal on the Northern Ireland Protocol cannot be achieved, the UK will withdraw financing for the EU’s Horizon Europe programme.
Lord David Frost, the Brexit Minister, stated that the UK remains committed to Horizon Europe, but that if an agreement is not reached, the UK will fund its own research initiatives.
Lord Frost, speaking in the House of Lords today, requested that the UK be included in the £80 billion project as soon as possible if it wanted a share of the UK’s £15 billion commitment to three major initiatives, including Horizon Europe.
The government planned to spend £2.1 billion each year to the initiative so that British scientists and researchers could participate in a variety of European science projects and get funding.
However, Lord Frost’s declaration comes after the UK was denied access to some of the cash due to a post-Brexit dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which continues to be a source of friction between the UK and the EU.