How will Brexit affected the British science sector? Experts share their opinion

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“Leaving Europe would damage our science Britain needs a strong science sector to bring discoveries that keep us healthier, make our society more liveable, and generate new jobs.

Mike Galsworthy, Programme Director of Scientists for EU, thinks Europe boosts Britain’s scientific research .

“Cutting-edge science is now an international endeavour and the EU is the world’s leading science superpower, with the UK in the driving seat.

“Together, we have a huge talent pool which produces 34% more scientific output than the US and the gap is growing.

“The EU’s current science programme, called Horizon 2020, is funded to €80 billion over seven years.

“The UK wins a lion’s share of grants from this fund, with higher levels of participation that any other country.

“This adds an extra 17% for science in our UK universities, and that money is irreplaceable by national funds.

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Professor Mike Loretto, a metallurgy professor at the University of Birmingham, is a member of Scientists for Britain and thinks we’re better off saying au revoir to Europe.

“UK science doesn’t need the EU.

“The development of EU research programmes over the years has been helped largely by the growth of the internet, which would have happened outside the EU.

“Were we to leave the EU there is no reason why these fruitful interactions would not continue, both through EU grants (where the UK could still be involved as are countries like Switzerland currently) and through the other very large research programmes, which are funded via other channels.

“If we no longer transferred large funds to the EU they could be released for funding UK science.

“The level of support would be determined by our government, not by commissioners in Brussels.”

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