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What comes next after Brexit vote, scientists ask

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 24 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3558
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Health experts and scientists have been reacting to today’s news that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union.

Scientists and researchers, who have been among the strongest supporters for remaining in the EU, have been reacting with dismay at the news.

Paul Nurse, director of the Francis Crick Institute and former president of the Royal Society, described the referendum result as a “poor outcome for British science.”

“Science thrives on the permeability of ideas and people and flourishes in environments that pool intelligence, minimise barriers, and are open to free exchange and collaboration. British scientists will have to work hard in the future to counter the isolationism of Brexit if our science is to continue to thrive,” he said.

Robert Lechler, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said that …

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