the space stuff the UK wasn't gonna do anyway?
or like Eddie Izzard used to comment about, just build taller ladders?
Seems like some outfit that got subsidized by EU money to get scraps, while the French do the heavy lifting and the Germans build the hardware, is butthurt they're not going to get that money to gnaw the bone the EU was gonna throw their way.
This whole anti brexit thing is like a whole lot of government contractors whinghing about not getting porkbarrel projects because they're not cronies of the new administration. If no ones gonna spend money on the "bridge to nowhere" then they're all out of jobs, but they sure as hell can't say "we're not getting paid someone else's money to do things that others already do" so cry "brexit is takin our jerbs!"
Britain wants a space program? Find out how much money you got, how much you wanna spend, cut things that aren't space program. Wanna be the SJW leader of Europe? forget about your space program and keep spending more money on the past, and ignore the future. Same advice Americans need to decide about their spending.
Which is why private industry is getting it done. No need for international business cartels if one international businessman can do it, eh?