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MPs call for action to safeguard science after Brexit

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MPs have warned the UK’s global leadership in science and innovation is at risk unless the UK government strikes an urgent agreement with the EU covering the sector.

The Science and Technology Committee said it wanted a deal on vital issues to do with funding, people, regulation and collaboration in place by October this year or earlier.

It said researchers, students and academics needed reassurance to be able to make plans and protracted delays could be damaging.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, who chairs the committee, said, ‘It is crucial that the government acts swiftly. If it fails to do so, both sides could suffer considerably as a result.’

With only one year to go until the UK leaves the EU, ‘it cannot be taken for granted that the UK will retain its status as a science superpower’, the committee …

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