In this video, SfEU Programme Director Dr Mike Galsworthy explains how leaving the EU (Brexit) would impact UK science. It is important to note that there are three areas at risk; 1) the UK participation in the EU science programme, 2) the free movement of EU (including UK) scientists around Europe, and 3) the UK’s ability to set science-related policy with its neighbours – including the content and vision of the EU science programme itself.
Dr Galsworthy explains why the commonly-peddled notion that the UK will be able to leave the EU then buy back into the EU science programme under the same terms we have now is dangerously wrong. Immigration restrictions could put the UK in a similar situation to the Swiss who have partial access and the sheer size of the UK’s current involvement would be untenable as an EU outsider.
Finally, there are the issues of policy and people, where the UK would no longer be a strong guiding voice in EU science-related policy and our EU science workforce would find the UK a less attractive place to develop their careers.
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