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It's official: the UK is going to be booted off the Galileo satellite GPS program as a result of Brexit, despite furious protestations from Britain that it's a special case.
The decision was reached by all 27 member states of Europe at a meeting on Tuesday and was confirmed in a slide deck [PDF] released on Wednesday.
Week - UK - Minister - Charge - Brexit
Just last week the UK minister in charge of Brexit, David Davis, repeatedly referenced the program in a speech and claimed that any decision to exclude the UK from Galileo would "delay the project by up to three years" and cost "an extra billion euros."
He said that the position of EU negotiator Michel Barnier to exclude the UK from Galileo since it would no longer be a member of the European Union was equivalent to "shooting itself in the foot just to prove that the gun works."
Reservations - Countries - Everyone - Barnier - Result
Ultimately, however, despite reservations from some countries, everyone agreed to back up Barnier. As a result, when Brexit happens, the UK will be reduced to third party status on the critical program.
Galileo is due to go live in 2020 and will provide an alternative to US, Chinese and Russian global positioning systems.
UK - System - Observer - Developments - Contracts
The UK will still be allowed to use the system and can act as an observer but it will be frozen out of future developments and contracts. What the UK government will be most upset about is that the fact it will be no longer be allowed access to the highly secure military-grade...
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