Four-in-five British researchers believe Brexit would be harmful to UK science
Based on a polling sample of 907 active UK researchers, the journal found:
- 83 per cent believe that Britain should remain in the EU, 12 per cent think it should exit and five per cent are unsure.
- 78 per cent of those intending to vote believe that Brexit would be harmful to UK science, while nine per cent believe it would be beneficial.
However, they are not overly concerned about the impact of Brexit on the rest of EU science. While almost half said it would have some negative impact, just 15 per cent believe it would be very harmful.
Scientists have been quite vocal in the debate over EU membership; in March 150 leading British scientists, including Steven Hawking, wrote a letter to the Times supporting continued membership.
A pro-Europe campaign group called, Scientists for EU, has also been established.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.