4:13 PM
Mar 07, 2018
 |  BC Extra  |  Politics & Policy

Draft Brexit guidelines: U.K. in on R&D, out on EMA

European Council President Donald Tusk said draft guidelines on U.K.’s exit from the EU would allow the U.K. to participate in EU research and innovation programs post-Brexit, but according to media reports, the U.K. would not be able to participate in any EU institutions, agencies or bodies, including the EMA.

The EU Council is expected to vote on the guidelines at a meeting on March 22 and 23.

In a statement, Tusk invited the U.K. to participate in EU research programs, calling the invitation “key to maintain mutually beneficial and enriching personal networks” in R&D. In September, the U.K. government said it desires to remain in programs like Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for which the U.K. is also the leading participant. Last week U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the country is seeking a “science and innovation pact” with the EU that would facilitate participation in EU R&D (see BioCentury Extra, March 2).

Tusk also said the guidelines would not allow the U.K. to choose in which sectors of the single market it would participate and that a free trade agreement is the only option for trade between the entities.

According to a draft of the guidelines published by multiple outlets, the U.K.'s exit from the single market "excludes participation of the United Kingdom as a third-country to EU Institutions, agencies or bodies," which would include continued participation in EMA.

Last week, May confirmed the U.K. will leave the single market but said the U.K. would explore terms under which it could retain membership in the EU regulatory agency.

The EU Council did not respond to a request for the guidelines.

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