A few days after the vote that will lead to the UK’s departure from the EU and Cameron’s resignation, the articles about consequences of Brexit are numerous. Journalists, politicians and even celebrities such as J.K. Rowling have underscored the effect Brexit have.
Besides politicians and former pro-Remain voters, there are other people who fear the future outside the EU: scientist and researchers. Indeed, as The Guardian reports, this vote may have a big impact on how the pharmaceutical industry works. LiveScience.com explains that the physicist Stephen Hawking and more than 150 fellows of the Royal Society called the Brexit a “disaster for U.K. science” in a letter to The Times.
Most scientists voted ‘Remain’ according polls, expressing concern over how Brexit would harm science in the UK, and in the EU at large. They argue that one of the strengths of British research is its worldwide scale, and the welcoming of researchers from foreign countries. The European Union was a great means to enable free exchange between the UK and other nations. It allowed the UK to benefit from a network of new people with new ideas… which is the best means to innovate, to move forward.
Brexit is probably not going to condemn the research area in the UK, given that the country is one of the top leaders in this field. But there is no denying that its new status will certainly imply some readjustments, if the Union wants to keep this asset.