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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04324: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to ensure that universities continue to have access to EU funding post-Brexit.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 16 November 2016

Scotland is an active and valued partner in European research collaborations. Higher Education Institutions in Scotland have secured a total of 185 million and Research Institutions secured 18 million under Horizon 2020 (up to July 2016) based on our world-class research.

The UK Government’s guarantee on European funding, including Horizon 2020, is welcome as far as it goes. However, the guarantee fails to take account of the impact of uncertainty on potential collaborations and it does not take account of the longer-term funding and other benefits that we otherwise would have received through continuing membership of the EU—including through future framework programmes.

The Scottish Government will publish proposals over the coming weeks that would allow Scotland to stay in the single market and to preserve aspects of our relationship with the EU, even if the rest of the UK is intending to leave.