As the formal negotiations on the UK’s exit from the European Union begin in Brussels, Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar outlined what science needs to thrive post-Brexit.
In an article in the Times on 20 June, he sets out three key things that the government should prioritise during the negotiations to sustain Britain’s status as a world-leading centre for science:
- harmonised regulation between the UK and the EU on issues such as medicines and data protection, to create the right conditions for innovative industries to thrive
- continued access to EU research funding schemes for UK scientists
- an immigration policy that is welcoming to foreign researchers, technicians, innovators and their families, at every stage of their career, and to students.