With more than £500m a year at stake, the scale of losses to UK research from a no-deal Brexit are becoming clear

On 14 June 2014, just over a week before the EU referendum, Vote Leave were keen to calm the fears of British scientists, farmers and others who relied on European funds. The thirteen Vote Leave ministers signed a pledge, still standing on Vote Leave’s website, that “If the public votes to leave on 23 June, we will continue to fund EU programmes in the UK until 2020.” One of those thirteen signatories was Dominic Raab.

How ironic then, that one of the first things Dominic Raab did as the newly-appointed Brexit Secretary was to suggest, on 21 July 2018, that the UK might not honour the hard-wrangled withdrawal agreement that guarantees continued funding of EU programmes until 2020.

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