With the UK Government heralding 31 January (next Friday) as the day when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, there may be confusion about the eligibility of UK partners in future EU project calls in 2020 The issue was raised at the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) Information Day yesterday (27 January 2020.) The FCH-JU strongly emphasised that the UK partners were still eligible for the current project call which closes on 21 April 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement signed by the UK Government and the European Union included the UK Government meeting its current budgetary commitments up to end of the present EU Budget cycle – the end of 2020. This corresponds to the current end of the Transition Period.
The UK Government has made much of the claim that the United Kingdom will leave the EU this Friday but this is not absolutely true. There is a period of transition for the rest of this year where technically the UK is part of the EU but not its major decision making bodies. In the dreadful words of UK Eurosceptics, “the UK is a rule taker and not rule maker.”
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