EP event looks at effects of Brexit on research
The European Parliament (EP) Office in the UK organised an event aimed at analysing the implications of Brexit for the UK science and research sector on 10 November 2017. The EP has now published the main outcomes of the event and a video of the debate.
Among the issues discussed were the "clear schism between the scientific community and the general public opinion over the merits of the EU membership", with a survey indicating that 93% of members of the science community had expressed their support for the EU prior to the referendum; the important role played by non-British scientists and technicians in the UK’s science and research sector; the role of the European Parliament in the Art. 50 procedure; the UK government plan for the science sector which was criticised as being "full of good intentions", but lacking details. The panellists agreed that the main concern for the science-sector post-Brexit is not connected to the financial situation but rather the networks and joint projects which the EU has encouraged through its programmes over the years.
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