Do not underestimate the impact of Brexit on research and innovation, warns Lochhead
Scotland’s Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead has warned that the impact of Brexit on research and innovation in Scotland cannot be underestimated.
He was speaking following publication of a letter to Theresa May and Jean-Claude-Juncker signed by 29 Nobel Laureates, highlighting concerns about freedom of movement and funding.
Mr Lochhead said:
“This is a shocking warning from Europe’s most distinguished scientists. It highlights the true enormity of the threat posed by Brexit to our higher education sector and the risk to our research centres of excellence.
“It is becoming ever more clear that leaving the EU, even with a Withdrawal Agreement, will cause long-term damage to the scientific interests of all parts of the UK. The negative impact of Brexit on research and innovation in Scotland cannot be underestimated and it is essential we continue to fully participate in key European programmes such as Horizon 2020, and its successor Horizon Europe.
“Ensuring continued mobility of research staff and students after Brexit is crucial to maintaining our scientific excellence in Scotland. The UK Government must change course immediately and seek membership of the customs union and single market in order to limit the damage of leaving the EU.”