UK and EU: Continuing collaboration
In preparing to leave the EU, one of the UK’s core objectives is to "seek agreement to continue to collaborate with European partners on major science, research, and technology initiatives". To this end, the UK government has issued the "Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper".
The UK has a strong history of collaborating with European partners on science and innovation through EU, pan-European and other multilateral and bilateral initiatives. This includes working together on research, with examples ranging from the AtlantOS project to create an integrated observing system for the Atlantic Ocean, to the development of a new clinical trials approach for the Ebola vaccine. The UK wishes to build on these successes.
In a spirit of continued partnership, the paper outlines the UK’s objectives for an ambitious science and innovation agreement with the EU. The paper sets out examples of where the UK sees potential mutual benefit in a close future relationship, exploring precedents for each.