Blog: EU loses post-Brexit fight to block UK scientists from technology projects – The Times

National governments have overruled a European Commission attempt to treat Britain in the same way as China or Iran by blocking access to and participation in sensitive high-technology research projects.

Thierry Breton, the French commissioner for the single market, sought to exclude on security grounds non-EU countries that take part in European research projects, primarily Britain and Switzerland. His move in the spring to block British scientists from “quantum computing technologies of strategic importance” as well as European space and artificial intelligence research rang alarm bells across Europe. France backed the plan to treat the UK as a geopolitical rival or threat on a par with China or Iran but a majority of European capitals moved to overrule it fearing the impact on international scientific

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