UK shut out of sat-nav con­tracts:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bri­tain has been for­mally ex­cluded from fu­ture con­tracts for the EU’s Galileo satel­lite-nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, the gov­ern­ment said on Thurs­day, con­demn­ing the de­ci­sion as “com­pletely un­ac­cept­able”.

“I think this is re­ally a case of the Euro­pean Union do­ing dam­age to them­selves,” ju­nior de­fence min­is­ter Guto Bebb told par­lia­ment, fol­low­ing a vote at the Euro­pean Space Agency Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day.

“On June 13 at the Euro­pean Space Agency Coun­cil, mem­ber states agreed to pro­ceed with the pro­cure­ment of the next phase of Galileo. UK com­pa­nies are not el­i­gi­ble to bid for th­ese con­tracts,” he said.

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