Brexit hits UK science funding and workforce

The first figures have emerged demonstrating that Brexit uncertainty has adversely affected UK research. They show Britain’s annual share of EU research funding has fallen by nearly a third since 2015.The analysis by the Royal Society suggests scientists are choosing not to work in Britain, with a 35% drop in those coming to the UK via EU schemes. Its president, Venki Ramakrishnan, said scientists did not want to “gamble with their careers” by working in the UK. People do not want to gamble with their careers when they have no sense of whether the UK will be willing and able to maintain its global scientific leadership. Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President, Royal Society He explained: “They have no sense of whether the UK will be willing and able to maintain its global scientific leadership. UK science has also missed out on around [£440m] a year because of the uncertainty around Brexit. “The potential paralysis of a no-deal Brexit and the current state of chaos are hurting UK science and that is hurting the national interest.”

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