UK exits the EU (Galileo)

There is a developing situation regarding the EU Galileo project. EU negotiator Michel Barnier referred to it in a speech yesterday – his speech is here

” Ladies and gentlemen,

One word on Galileo. There have recently been many press articles – and many misunderstandings.

The UK decided unilaterally and autonomously to withdraw from the EU. This implies leaving its programmes as well.

So, we need to put the cooperation on Galileo between the EU and the UK on a new basis.

In doing so, our responsibility is to maintain the autonomy of the EU and to protect our essential security interests.

The EU’s rules on Galileo have been in place for a long time, and are well known to the UK.

In particular, third countries (and their companies) cannot participate in the development of security sensitive matters, such as the manufacturing of PRS-security modules.

Those rules were adopted together by unanimity with the UK as a member, and they have not changed.

Those rules do not prevent the UK, as a third country, from using the encrypted signal of Galileo, provided that the relevant agreements between the EU and the UK are in place. ”

The Telegraph (and others) report the UK Business Secretary Greg Clark has written to 13 UK businesses involved in sensitive work on the EU Galileo project, such as coded communications, saying they must have the UK Government’s sign-off to start new contracts.

EU Notices issued as respects Third Country rules and arrangements in a range of subject areas are found here.

In January, the EU announced the back-up site for the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre will move from the UK to Spain. The press release is here.