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EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future

Science
An EU research head says that he is "optimistic" that there will continue to be close scientific collaboration with the UK after Brexit.Prof Mauro Ferrari said that science bodies on both sides of the Channel want close existing links to continue.Prof Ferrari is the new president of the European Research Council, which funds EU science and tech research.He made his comments at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Seattle."I am very optimistic," he said. "The stakes are so high. It is in everybody's interest that a solution that is as good as the current one or better is found."Although there is near universal agreement that Britain's current close relationship with the ERC should continue, there is ...
Watch Dogs Legion: Click goes inside the post-Brexit game

Watch Dogs Legion: Click goes inside the post-Brexit game

Technology
In a world first, BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak has interviewed the creator of Watch Dogs: Legion inside the video game itself. Developed at Ubisoft’s Toronto Studio, the same technology used to create the game was employed to create an interview which takes place inside a virtual London.The game imagines a post-Brexit dystopian Britain as an oppressive surveillance state, where the player assumes the role of a hacker intent on bringing down the system by recruiting others to their cause.It is the third instalment in the popular video game franchise.In the interview, Marc Cieslak asked creative director Clint Hocking whether using real and divisive political events in a video game would resonate with players.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Freeports plan unveiled to boost post-Brexit trade

Freeports plan unveiled to boost post-Brexit trade

Business
By Jon Craig, chief political correspondent Plans to create up to 10 duty-free or low-tax ports and airports across the UK – promised by Boris Johnson in his Tory leadership campaign – are being launched by the government.Liz Truss, the new International Trade Secretary, is creating a new Freeports Advisory Panel to advise the government on setting them up in areas such as Teesside, Aberdeen, and Belfast. The government aims to create the first new freeports after the UK leaves the EU and claims they will "turbocharge" growth and ensure towns and cities across the UK benefit from a Brexit trade boost."Freedoms transformed London's Docklands in the 1980s and freeports will do the same for towns and cities across the UK," said Ms Truss, who succeeded Li
Ministers want 'ambitious' post-Brexit research deal

Ministers want 'ambitious' post-Brexit research deal

Science
Ministers will aim to negotiate a special status for the UK's membership of the European Union's science funding bodies after exiting the EU.They say they want a "more ambitious agreement" on research collaboration than other non-EU countriesDetails of the government's negotiating stance on science have been published in a position paper.The news has been welcomed by the scientific community as a positive first step.The paper states that the the government wants to "strengthen collaboration" with the EU in science and innovation. "The UK will seek to agree a far-reaching science and innovation agreement with the EU that establishes a framework for future collaboration. There are a range of existing precedents for collaboration that the UK and the EU can build on, but our uniquely close re...
Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call

Business
The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal would not be indefinite or a "back door" to staying in the EU.Their comments are being seen as an attempt to show unity between rival sides in Theresa May's cabinet.The Liberal Democrats said Mr Hammond had "been brought back in line"."What this is about is getting Philip Hammond back on track with a hard Brexit program," Tom Brake, the party's foreign affairs spokesman, said. "What we don't know from this letter is exactly how this is going to work. It's also not clear how long the transition period is going to be."The letter comes as ministers start to set out their d...