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UK Set to Begin Formal Dispute With EU Over Science Programs

  • Says bloc is denying UK access to Horizon, Euratom, Copernicus
  • Move could exacerbate tensions before new premier takes office
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The UK is set to launch formal dispute proceedings against the European Union, accusing the bloc of breaking the post-Brexit trade deal by blocking its access to three international science programs.

The government will trigger “formal consultations” -- a mechanism under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement used to resolve disputes -- as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the government’s plans. The UK says the bloc is unfairly excluding it from the Copernicus earth observation project, the Horizon Europe research fund and the nuclear regulator Euratom.