Volume 94 Issue 24 | pp. 23-24
Issue Date: June 13, 2016

‘Brexit’ bomb worries U.K. science community

Many in the U.K. chemical industry and academia predict major fallout if the country exits the EU in the coming days
Department: Business
Keywords: economy, Europe, legislation, safety, Brexit

On June 23, British citizens will vote on whether the U.K., the world’s fifth-largest economy, will stay in, or leave, the European Union.

The exit of Britain—dubbed the “Brexit”—could destroy almost 1 million jobs, trigger economic recession, slash U.K. chemical exports, and shrink the U.K.’s science base, detractors claim. Alternatively, according to supporters, a Brexit could bring greater economic and trade independence, while science research could reap a share of the $12 billion per year . . .

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