Commenting on the speech by Jo Johnson MP at the CaSE annual lecture on the EU and UK R&D, Felicity Burch, Senior Economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“European research funding is an example of how the EU can get it right. It’s not just science that benefits from EU support for research, but the private sector too. The EU’s Framework Programmes create tangible benefits for manufacturers, providing finance and facilitating the kinds of international collaborative relationships that are increasingly necessary for successful innovation.
“Moreover, the fundamental principles of the EU, such as the free movement of people and the single market, create the right conditions to sell innovative products. Increased international collaboration, not less, will also be part of the route to success for the manufacturing sector.”