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Lords to debate report on future of UK science after Brexit


The House of Lords will tomorrow, Thursday 23 March, debate the Science and Technology Committee's report “A time for boldness: EU membership and UK science after the referendum”.

Among those listed to speak are Lord Krebs, Lord Mair, Lord Taverne and Viscount Ridley.

The debate is being moved by the Earl of Selborne, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, and Lord Prior of Brampton will respond on behalf of the Government.

The debate is expected to start from around 12:30pm.

The report, A time for boldness: EU membership and UK science after the referendum was published in December 2016 and found that uncertainty over the future relationship between EU and UK science is having a corrosive effect on the UK research base. However, the Committee concluded that the Government has the power to mitigate many negative effects of Brexit and use it as a catalyst to address long standing underperformance in economic productivity.

The report recommends that the Government must search out the world's most accomplished scientists and persuade them to pursue careers in the UK and should send repeated signals to the global science community that the UK remains a welcoming place for talented scientists.

It further recommends that the UK should offer to host – in partnership with governments and finding bodies from other countries - one or more new, large-scale international research facilities.

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