No EMA Membership For UK After Brexit, Says European Council
The European Council’s draft guidelines on the future UK-EU relationship say that the UK, as a third country outside the EU single market, will not be able to participate in any EU agencies after Brexit, dashing hopes expressed by the government that the UK could have “associate membership” of the EMA. However, the UK BioIndustry Association remains optimistic that some form of regulatory cooperation can be negotiated in the interests of all stakeholders.
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