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Will Brexit stall the UK’s smart city programme?

It is little wonder that the result of the UK’s referendum on European Union membership has got mayors and city managers worrying about funding given the size of the sums they have received from Europe, writes Steve Hoare

Cities Today research has revealed that UK organisations have coordinated Horizon 2020-funded projects (an EU research and innovation programme) worth €1.9 billion. Since 2014, the UK has been the most prolific user of Horizon funding, working on a total of 3,070 projects, far more than second-placed Germany, which was involved in 2,762 projects with UK institutions, companies or local authorities having benefited from nearly €1 billion of the funds.

European funding available to the UK public sector is now under threat from Brexit
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Those projects include some of the UK’s leading smart city lighthouse projects such as London’s Sharing Cities and Communities Programme, Bristol’s Replicate project, Manchester’s Triangulum project and Birmingham’s Opticities partnership.

The Horizon sums alone might be worrying though not insurmountable for the UK government to replace. However, there are other bigger amounts of European funding available to the UK public sector, which are now under threat from Brexit.

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