Erasmus+ Programme and Horizon Europe

(asked on 25th February 2020) - View Source

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their wish to avoid a role for the Court of Justice of the EU in resolving future disputes between the UK and the EU, what form of dispute resolution they would accept if the UK is to continue participating in the Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programmes.

Answered by
Lord Agnew of Oulton
This question was answered on 10th March 2020

The Public Mandate states that the UK is ready to consider participation in certain EU programmes where it is in the UK's and the EU’s interest that the UK does so. The UK will consider a relationship in line with non-EU Member State participation for the following programmes: Horizon Europe, Euratom Research and Training, and Copernicus. The UK will consider service access agreements for the following programmes: EU Space Surveillance and Tracking, and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.

Existing agreements on programmes between the EU and third countries establish dispute resolution mechanisms that do not include recourse to the ECJ.

The UK’s priority in negotiations is to ensure that the UK restores its economic and political independence on 1 January 2021. That is the Government’s primary objective. Any agreement must be consistent with this. The UK must have full control over its own laws and the Government will not accept demands for the UK to follow EU law or accept the judgements of the ECJ.

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