High Performance Computing and Brexit

Last updated 6 March 2019

On 12 January 2018 the EC proposed a regulation to establish a public-private partnership to procure and deploy new High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure. The plan is part of the “digitisation of industry” pillar of the Digital Single Market Strategy.

In February the European Scrutiny Committee examined the UK’s possible involvement in the initiative. It noted that the initiative will not be up and running until Spring 2019 – the approximate time the UK is slated to leave the European Union – and threw a little bit of shade on the Minister of State for Universities and Science by asking:

Why was the UK not more involved in the development of the proposal? Does this suggest that there is a tension between UK and EU interests in this policy area specifically, or does it reflect the UK’s growing marginalisation in the Council as its withdrawal from the EU approaches?

In September 2018 the Committee cleared the proposal from further scrutiny, on the grounds that it is likely that EU membership will be necessary to continue participating in the initiative.

Last updated 24 September 2017