The Nobel prize-winning biologist and president of the Royal Society on how Brexit might affect the sciences

Brexit hasn’t happened yet but how is the process affecting science?
There are two answers to this. One is that we’ve heard anecdotal evidence that people are leaving or not wanting to come here. But we don’t have any statistical evidence of a brain drain. I would add that it has had a negative impact on the mood. For a long time people outside Britain saw this attractive, outward-facing country – a great place to work. That reputation has been hurt.

How many countries could somebody come to relatively late in life and be elected president of their national academy? That shows the kind of Britain we want to get across. I’m hopeful that when all the dust settles, it will continue to be an attractive destination.

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