Fears for science industry after UK quits EU
- Credit: PA Archive/PA Images
A group of MPs have called on the Government to ensure Brexit does not impact science
MPs have urged the Government not to slam the door on scientists and experts from overseas after Brexit.
The Commons Science and Technology Committee also said the Government should fully commit to making up any shortfall in research funding as a result of the break from Brussels.
The committee added the Government's industrial strategy should have gone further in acknowledging the way the process of leaving the European Union would shape the country's economic future.
The cross-party group welcomed the £2 billion a year promised by Prime Minister Theresa May for research and development, but said the extra cash should be a 'down payment' on the way to public and private funding reaching 3% of GDP.
You may also want to watch:
Committee chairman Stephen Metcalfe said: 'A regulatory regime that is well-crafted and tuned to our post-Brexit international research and trading relationships – both with Europe and globally – will be essential.
'The Government has an opportunity to do more to strengthen the links between the industrial strategy and Brexit as the exit negotiations now get under way.'
- 1 Susanna Reid takes on Priti Patel over government's gaslighting of public on coronavirus
- 2 Tory minister admits UK rejected EU's music visa offer in order to 'take back control' of borders
- 3 Brexiteer musician accused of hypocrisy after demanding No 10 help bands with EU visa
- 4 PMQs: Ben Bradshaw calls out Boris Johnson over Brexit lies
- 5 Priti Patel fails to appear in Commons to answer questions on missing police records
- 6 Piers Morgan calls on Priti Patel to resign over missing crime records fiasco
- 7 ‘Don’t haste ye back’ - Nicola Sturgeon's perfect farewell message to Donald Trump
- 8 The bigot we should have called out on day one
- 9 Kwasi Kwarteng confirms post-Brexit review of workers' rights
- 10 Iain Duncan Smith defends calling Donald Trump 'a decent man'
The MPs also called for ministers to give a 'firm commitment to EU researchers working and studying in the UK that they will continue to have a secure position here post-Brexit'.
As part of the industrial strategy, the PM announced increases in government investment worth £2 billion per year by 2020 for research and development (R&D).
Tory MP Metcalfe said: 'I want the Government to see that as an initial investment towards meeting a target - for the UK to be spending 3% of GDP on R&D - that our committee has repeatedly pushed for.
'While it is too soon to know whether Brexit will end up bringing less or more inward science investment to the UK in the long-term, the Government should be ready to make good any net shortfall in the short-term with further funding for science.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.