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With the UK seemingly heading towards an exit from the European Union in just two and a half years’ time, restrictions on the free movement of people, products and finance will impact the life science sector as much as, if not more than, many others.
Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden have all have expressed a keen interest in hosting the European Medicines Agency once the UK leaves the EU. Bids are expected to be made sometime early next year, probably once the UK government triggers Article 50. There is at present no formal process for allocating an agency to a particular EU country, as this tends to be done via a process of political wrangling, so each prospective candidate will need to garner as much support for their bid as possible from the other member states.
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