British scientists stripped of leadership roles for European projects in new Brexit clash

British scientists are being stripped of leadership roles for projects across Europe, as new evidence of how Brexit conflicts are hurting vital research collaboration.

The EU has told an astrophysicist from Cambridge University who studies the Milky Way that he cannot lead a new project because the UK is not part of the £80 billion Horizon Europe programme.

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was meant to save participation – to pool talent and ideas to achieve scientific breakthroughs – but his plans to tear up the Northern Ireland protocol continue to block that.

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