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Hard Brexit could seriously damage UK research

12th November 2018

A new survey has revealed that half of The Francis Crick Institute’s scientists are more likely to look for a new role outside of the UK post Brexit, and not remain with the biomedical lab that currently boasts top scientific talent from around the world. 97% of them believe hard Brexit would mean the institute no longer being able to guarantee its global talent recruitment and retention. The survey also revealed that just 3% of scientists are of the opinion that the government are listening to their concerns and only 4% of those think the government is working for a good deal for science post Brexit.
These concerns are shared by the ABPI’s Mike Thompson who recently warned that even the existing draft transition deal was ‘untenable’ for the UK’s life science sector, and 28 Nobel Prize winning scientists from across Europe. The have written a letter to Theresa May and EU president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for a close co-operation between the UK and EU to preserve vital scientific research.
Paul Nurse, director at The Crick, said: “This survey reveals the depth of feeling amongst scientists that a hard Brexit will seriously damage UK research, and that the government is not paying enough attention to science in the Brexit negotiations. Science and research matter for the UK’s economic growth, for the nation’s health and quality of life, and for the environment. The overwhelming negativity of scientists towards a hard Brexit should be a wake-up call to the country and the government.”

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