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Why Brexit may be a deadly experiment for science

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I had not quite realized that scientific research was such a big part of the British economy, and how Brexit has thrown the whole scientific research community of both the UK and the EU into a massive FUD-hole.

Wow, the U.K. employs 100k researchers in academia and another 150k researchers in industry.

Most of it coming from EU support:

Three-quarters of all the increase in scientific funding to universities has come from the EU over the last few years. Just as importantly, science has long since gone international, whatever Ukip and Tory Brexiters may think; the world’s biggest research base and generator of science is the EU: 64% of British scientific research is built on international collaborations, unerpinned by EU funding, now contributing nearly one in five research pounds spent in British universities.

Not looking good.

This has all the ingredients of not just a Brexit recession but one followed by protracted stagnation.

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