Trust me, if there was major money in Space exploration for England, we would be doing it.
The as*holes that the British people have no choice but to vote in are still in the mindset that money is the *only* important thing in this world.
Britain is a little bit pathetic and we need to grow the hell up before we will ever get to do cool space stuff.
Also, has the rest of the EU done much space travel? Not really so its not like keeping in with them is our best shortcut to spaaace :/