The European Commission was red-faced after 115 UK-based researchers rejected a threat from Brussels and vowed to stay in the country, Express.co.uk can reveal.
The EU had issued an ultimatum to UK scientists awarded grants under Horizon Europe, a £80 billion research scheme that gives scientists access to EU funding and collaboration with European researchers.
First, the UK had reached an agreement to join the scheme as part of a post-Brexit deal, promising to add £15billion to the massive pool.
But in the face of various Brexit disputes, the bloc has held the fund and prevented British scientists from accessing it.
Since then, the European Research Council has given successful applicants from the UK an ultimatum to move to the EU or a Horizon associated country by June 29, or to be replaced by other applicants.
However, now that the deadline has passed, the researchers had chosen to remain in the UK and their grant offers have ended.