Brexit “could affect how UK research is funded in future”, according to a report published by the National Audit Office today [Wednesday].
The NAO points out that between 2007 and 2013, the UK contributed 5.4 billion euros to EU science programmes and received 8.8 billion euros back.
Commenting, Norman Lamb MP, leading supporter of Open Britain and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, said:
“Continued close cooperation with the EU on science and technology is crucial to Britain’s economy and our universities, as this National Audit Office report makes clear.
“Before we leave the European Union, it is crucial that the Government makes clear its intention to keep its promise to match funding from the EU promised to our scientists and researchers. And they must negotiate to keep Britain in vital EU programmes like Horizon 2020 and Erasmus. It is also vital that we continue to attract the best people to come to the UK to do research.
“Science is international, and retreating from Europe will damage our science base and put jobs at risk. Ministers must not allow that to happen.”