Educational Institutions and British Economy the most to suffer in case of ‘Brexit’


EU, exit, ECAA, EAA, family 13 November 2015
In a detailed list sent to Donald Tusk, European Council President, Premier David Cameron asked for a ban of four years for all EU migrants who wish to claim work benefits on entering the United Kingdom. Among the demands was one to see fairness between nations, eurozone and non-eurozone. The potential British exit from the European Union has been termed ‘Brexit’ which can come to pass if Cameron’s demands are not met.
According to supporters, if this comes to pass the United Kingdom will be in a better position to control immigration and negotiations regarding trade agreements according to its own terms and remain free of the burden of EU regulations significantly. However, critics admit that doing so could result in dire economic consequences since it will then stand to lose at least 2% of its GDP by 2030. Since the decision has never been made before, it has added another level of uncertainty regarding possible fallouts and/or benefits it can result in.
Prestigious UK institutions also stand to lose tens and possibly millions of pounds in funding if Britain leaves the European Union. With the loss of funding, higher education institutes may struggle to compete with competitors on a global scale, a fact that leading academics and researchers have voiced concerns on. Vice Chancellors also warned that that learning and teaching centres will take a blow as well and that exiting the EU would prevent British institutions from maintaining their global reputation for educational excellence. The critics also included Scientists belonging to prestigious fields from neuroscience, particle physics and astronomy to molecular biology and nanotechnology.
Like the aforementioned educational institutions, the exit would result in significant funding cuts and make recruiting as well as retaining top academic talent extremely challenging. In addition, a ‘Brexit’ may also choke off collaborations between borders which is critical for global research. Case in point is a non-member of the European Union, Switzerland whose funding was cut down to size significantly once it approved the quotas and permits of immigrants and compromised a set deal with Brussels in the bargain.
According to a visiting faculty member and researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mike Galsworthy, ‘nothing good’ would come from the decision. The sentiment was echoed by influential scientists including Astronomy researcher, Martin Rees, the President of the Science Council, Tom Blundell along with Ann Glover, former advisor to the European Commission.
The concern has galvanised several scientists to take matters into their own hands resulting in the launch of a lobby group named Scientists for EU . The campaign is a bid by UK scientists to keep the United Kingdom as a member of the European Union by creating awareness of possible repercussions that can cripple Britain’s scientific and research community.
A decision on the country’s membership is scheduled to take place by the end of 2017.


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