//UK warns of satellite and space program problems in case of "no agreement" on Brexit

UK warns of satellite and space program problems in case of "no agreement" on Brexit

The British Government claims that access to satellites and space monitoring programs will suffer if the European Union withdraws .

Britain has less than six months before the country leaves the bloc of 28 member states, after just over half of the country voted to withdraw its membership in the Union European Union at a referendum in 2016. To date, the Brexit process has been a mess in political conflicts and bureaucracy and setbacks – of coups d'etat and leadership challenges. And the government is not even close to reaching an agreement to maintain commercial ties, immigration and take-off.

Now, the government also stated that services dependent on EU membership – such as access to space programs – will be affected.

The reassuring news is that GPS maps of cars and phones do not stop abruptly

But the government said that the UK would no longer "participate" in European GPS efforts, excluding companies, academics and researchers who would be excluded from future contracts and "could encounter contract difficulties." "

"If the UK were to leave the EU without an agreement," the UK is investing 92 million pounds ($ 120 million) to fund its own UK-based GPS system. The statement also indicates that British military and intelligence services will no longer have access to the EU's regulated public service, a strengthened GPS system that improves protection against spoofing and jamming. But we do not expect this system to be in place until 2020. The government is not immediately concerned.

The United Kingdom will no longer be part of the Copernicus program, a European Earth Observation initiative which is a vital asset for national security as it contributes to maritime surveillance, border control and understanding of climate change. Although the program data is free and open, the UK government claims that users will no longer have access to the high bandwidth of satellite data and additional data, but admits that it "seeks to clarify" the terms.

Although it is the "worst case scenario" in the absence of definitive agreement on the divorce settlement in Europe, with only a few months and a distance to go, this seems to be a "no deal".