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After Brexit, a long road to mend ties with Europe

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Science  31 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6477, pp. 494
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6477.494

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On 31 January, the United Kingdom becomes the first country ever to withdraw from the European Union. But rather than marking the end of a process, Brexit will start another clock: an 11-month transition during which the United Kingdom and European Union will negotiate their future relationship on everything from trade to immigration to clinical trials. For researchers, the top issue is U.K. participation in Europe's research program, Horizon Europe, which will run from 2021 to 2027. At about €90 billion, it is likely to be the bloc's biggest ever. There are also worries that the United Kingdom may end up outside a new European system for clinical trials and that the free exchange not just of researchers, but also of data with the countries in the European Union may be hampered.

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