UK’s status as science superpower at risk after Brexit, say MPs

Committee calls on government to commit to next round of EU funding for science and clarify immigration policy

Britain cannot take for granted that it will retain its world-leading position in science and innovation after Brexit, a committee of MPs has warned.

The House of Commons science and technology select committee is concerned that the UK has not yet committed itself to the next round of EU funding which will start accepting bids for research finance in the next few weeks.

“It is crucial that the government acts swiftly. If it fails to do so both sides could suffer considerably as a result,” said Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, chairman of the committee.

MPs say a deal needs to be in place for continued participation in the EU funding programme by October at the latest.

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