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3 Things Brexit Could Mean for Science in the UK

Why scientists aren't happy about the decision

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Many scientists are not happy after a slim majority of Britons voted to leave the European Union June 23. In a Washington Post blog post about scientists’ concerns, three key fears that came up included:

  1. A possible brain drain. Scientists say that leaving the EU means it will be much harder to attract the most talented researchers to universities in the UK.
  2. Funding shortages. In the past, the EU has been a big supporter of UK science.
  3. Loss of diversity in the UK scientific community. As part of the EU, there was a constant exchange of scientists and ideas between Britain and European countries. Those collaborations with scientists of a variety of backgrounds may now be more difficult with Britain voting to leave the EU.

See the full blog post.