A full damage limitation plan should have been drawn up months agoby Philip Ball / April 2, 2018 / Leave a comment
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,
“but the document does not contain a great deal of detail. Since then, a range of ministerial speeches have reaffirmed the importance of ensuring science does not suffer as a result of Brexit. However, clarity over future access to funding, association with regulatory bodies, and immigration policies is required in order to provide certainty.”