Brexit Britain to take EU to court for breaking major trade deal in official legal dispute

An EU memo leaked last year revealed fears that Britain was indeed planning to walk away from the schemes, into which UK taxpayers are currently committed to pay £2.1billion annually for the next seven years – the lifetime of the EU’s current budget.

An unnamed eurocrat said: “It seems the UK is always testing our limits, much in the same way that toddlers do.”

The memo suggests there is a widespread belief among UK ministers that participation in all three schemes is being deliberately stalled by the EU, meaning Britain’s universities are missing out on research and funding opportunities.

Speaking in October, then-Brexit minister Lord David Frost accused the EU of being close to breaching the agreement between the UK and the EU in Christmas 2020.

The Government was “getting quite concerned” by Brussels delaying ratification of the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe, hence costing British scientists their place in pan-European research programmes.

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