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The government is failing dismally in its duty to protect UK science from Brexit

A full damage limitation plan should have been drawn up months ago

By Philip Ball  

The cross-party House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (STC) has just published its report on “Brexit, science and innovation.” It is a dispiriting, sometimes shocking, and, in a characteristically British way, rather angry document. The government, it implies, is failing dismally to safeguard British science against the perils of exiting the European Union.

The report makes little effort to hide its scepticism about Brexit and the government’s handling of it so far. “Six months ago, the government published its ‘future partnership’ paper on collaboration on science and innovation,” it says,

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