I’ve returned from a H2020 Project Consortium meeting feeling energised and excited, both for future of the project and the potential to the business. There is a huge potential upside, both directly through the R&I of the H2020 project, and indirectly from adjacent collaborative efforts with the project partners and their network.
It’s extremely concerning that the UK’s participation in European collaboration, and the future existence of such ground-breaking R&I is threatened by the UK’s exit from the European Union. The UK cannot possibly match the resources and capabilities of the other 27 nation states, standing alone. UK universities, RTOs and businesses will loose out in immeasurable and irreversible ways, with a seismic impact to the UK economy.
I hope that this is not the case. In addition to deals on trade, the movement of people, goods and services, the UK most negotiate to retain the UK’s ability to collaborate with Europe, and in doing so compete globally.