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Jo Johnson to be quizzed on implications of Brexit for UK science


The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will continue its investigation into the implications of Brexit for UK science and will question the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson MP on Tuesday 25 October.

The Committee has been examining the immediate consequences of Brexit and what the Government needs to do to protect the interests of UK science as it negotiates the UK's exit from the EU. In this final session, the Committee will explore issues with Jo Johnson such as whether there is evidence of the science community encountering problems in relation to securing funding for future projects and what reassurances the Government can offer EU researchers working in the UK that satisfactory immigration and nationality arrangements will be made for after the UK has left the EU.

Questions Jo Johnson MP will likely be asked include:

  • It has been suggested that now would be a good time for the UK to host a major international research facility, emphasising its new place in the world after Brexit. What is your assessment of this suggestion, and have other bold ideas for UK research after Brexit caught your attention?
  • What form of engagement from the science and research community would be most helpful to you as you contribute to Brexit negotiations?
  • Does Brexit have implications for the role and shape of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)? Brexit will bring transfers of policy and regulatory responsibilities from the EU to the UK. Do you plan to analyse – or ask the Government Chief Scientific Advisor to analyse – new requirements for scientific advice in government following Brexit?

The evidence session will start at 10:05am on Tuesday 25 October. It will be held in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

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