Science has a lot to lose from Brexit, so what does a hung parliament mean for science? According to the Campaign for Science and Engineering, a hung parliament could be good for science, as they launch their vision for UK science and engineering today.
The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) has set out six priority areas for the new Government which include regulation, collaboration, immigration and education.
Executive Director of CaSE, Dr Sarah Main, said: ” Science has a lot to lose from a hard Brexit. So the prospect of a minority Government yielding a softer Brexit is likely to appeal to science leaders who have been pushing to retain a range of EU benefits. But confidence and certainty is key, and Parliament will need to work together to deliver that confidence, to support our scientific businesses and academia in delivering benefits to the economy and society.”
CaSE is calling on the Government to create an environment where both science and engineering can thrive and develop. Dr Main went on to say: “CaSE has set out today its priorities for the new Government in six key policy areas. We will work with the new Government, in whatever form it takes, to ensure that the UK’s strength in science, and the Government’s investment, brings benefits across the UK.”
If you’re interested to see the visions and priorities for the new Government, you can see them here.
After the news that the Conservatives will looking to form a government with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party, trade organisations have responded. Steve Bates, CEO of the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) said: “The election has not delivered a Parliamentary majority for a clear way forward on Brexit but both the main parties, as well as the DUP, were clear in the campaign and in their manifestos on the desire to turn the UK into the most innovative country in the world. Our sector is key to taking the UK’s outstanding science base and translating it into economic jobs and growth. Measures to support this goal should attract broad support in the new Parliament.”
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) reacted to the news by declaring their intentions to work with the new Government to make Brexit negotiations include the pharmaceutical industry.
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