UK can be excluded from Galileo Public Regulated Service

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Series Details (2017-19) HC301-xxiii
Publication Date 18/05/2018
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In this report published on the 24 April 2018, which considered the United Kingdom's future involvement in the EU space programmes, the European Scrutiny Committee concluded that the UK could be excluded from accessing the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

Galileo is the European global satellite-based navigation system.

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In May 2018 the Department for Exiting the European Union in the United Kingdom published in May 2018 a Policy Paper, which outlined the UK Government's vision for a future UK-EU Security Partnership.

In addition, further related Policy Papers were published on the 24 May 2018

+ Technical note on consultation and cooperation on external security
+ Technical note on security, law enforcement and criminal justice
+ Technical note on UK's participation in Galileo.

The Technical note concerning Galileo highlighted the UK's desire to continue participation in the programme and expressed anger at indications that this might not be possible. The UK could not accept the EU’s decision to block British companies from the satellite’s manufacture and the government from secure aspects of the project.

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
European GNSS Agency (GSA): Galileo: Services: Galileo Initial Services
The Telegraph, 11.02.18: Industry bosses urge Britain to get back in the space race
Sky News, 15.03.18: Brexit putting UK-led space missions 'in jeopardy'
Briefings for Brexit: Blog, 04.05.18: The GALILEO Spat: an Object Lesson for Ministers
In Facts, 08.05.18: EU satellite spat prime example of Brexit unintelligence
United Kingdom: Department for Exiting the European Union: Policy Paper, May 2018: Technical note on UK's participation in Galileo
United Kingdom: Department for Exiting the European Union: Policy Paper, May 2018: Framework for the UK-EU Security Partnership (et al)
The Guardian, 25.05.18: UK will build own satellite system if frozen out of EU's Galileo – chancellor
Politico, 24-25.05.18: EU to UK: We won’t reimburse Galileo satellite funding
LSE Brexit: Blog, 26.04.18: The Airbus case sits at the heart of the Brexit industrial equation
BBC News, 24.05.18: Brexit: UK wants £1bn back from EU if it is excluded from Galileo
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Centre for European Reform: Insight, May 2018: A hitchhiker's guide to Galileo and Brexit
RUSI: Commentary, 09.04.18: Brexit in Space: Will the UK have Access to the Galileo Satellite Network?
BBC News, 26.03.18: UK opposes Brexit threat to role in EU's Galileo scheme
The Conversation, 18.05.18: Galileo row: Brexit will bar UK from EU sat-nav programme, but Britain could build its own

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