Safeguarding funding for research and innovation

The UK government safeguards funding in a major commitment to maintain the UK’s status as a world leader in science, research and innovation.

  • the Treasury will underwrite funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects applied for before the UK leaves the European Union
  • the commitment will provide reassurance to applicants from the UK’s research and innovation base when applying for EU research funding

Recognising the importance of science and innovation to society, productivity and economic competitiveness, the government has today provided reassurance to UK participants of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme with a commitment to safeguard funding for research and innovation projects.

As a result, British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. The Treasury will underwrite the payment of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

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The Lisbon Treaty – Article 50

Article 50

1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.

2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.

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Britain’s EU referendum

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the EU referendum took place and the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

This page contains government information on the EU referendum. No material was published on this page between 27 May and 23 June 2016, in line with the restrictions set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendum Act 2000.

Prime Minister David Cameron gave a statement in the House of Commons on yesterday’s European Council.

With permission, Mr Speaker, I will make a statement on yesterday’s European Council.

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Top apprentices to star in government campaign to get young people learning and earning

Young apprentices to be stars of Get In Go Far campaign which is calling on young people to start their career by choosing an apprenticeship.

  • Get In Go Far campaign to help young people kick-start their career by choosing an apprenticeship
  • new survey shows around 90% of employers and apprentices are satisfied with apprenticeships
  • apprentice stars will appear on billboards and TV screens across England

Apprentices across the country have been auditioning to be the stars of a new campaign that calls on young people to kick-start their career by choosing an apprenticeship.

From hundreds of talented apprentices across England, 13 were selected to be the stars of the campaign that will show young people how an apprenticeship can give them the skills and experience they need to land their dream job.

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Full network of 39 growth hubs boost business support across the country

Small Business Minister announces that the growth hub network is complete meaning that 4.7 million businesses are now covered by the network.

  • Small Business Minister Anna Soubry announces growth hub network complete
  • 100% of England’s 4.7 million businesses are now covered by the network
  • Growth Hub Week to promote simple, joined up and easy to access business support

Thirty-nine growth hubs giving 4.7 million businesses across England ready access to the support they need to start up, scale up and create more jobs are now launched, Business Minister Anna Soubry announced today (14 May 2016) ahead of the start of Growth Hub Week.

Growth hubs work across the country with local and national, public and private sector partners – such as Chambers of Commerce, FSB, universities, Enterprise Zones and banks, co-ordinating local business support and connecting businesses to the right help for their needs. They are locally driven, locally owned and at the heart of the government’s plan to ensure business support is simpler, more joined up and easier to access.

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