Universities need not fear a no-deal Brexit|Letters

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Universities need not fear a no-deal Brexit|Letters

In their political intervention, the Russell Group and other university organisations are puzzling the constitutionally destructive withdrawal arrangement, which should be voted down, with the future collaboration, which is yet to be concurred (Universities sector fears ‘biggest threat’ of no-deal exit, 4 January).

British universities are the greatest and most appealing in Europe. With a tidy sovereign Brexit, British universities get the very best of both worlds. They leave the European commission’s shackles enforced through the withdrawal arrangement and, like other effective third-party nations (Israel, Norway and Switzerland, for instance), can take part in EU programs like Horizon 2020 at will.

Now is the minute to inform the EU that the UK will be a close partner in scholastic research study in the very same method as 15 non-EU country states are at present which the UK will pay its method, as we did in the past. This is a great deal which does not need the UK to give up sovereignty or accept harmful conditions.

The concept that entire nations ought to be pushed into political bondage in order to receive scholastic or clinical shared exchange is absurd, illogical and entirely without proof. No nation has actually ever needed to accept this from the EU prior to. The very first significant act of the May federal government was to promise to support a Swiss-style payment into shared scholastic research study programs, which addresses the Russell Group’s financing problems. In material and timing, the university organisations’ letter to MPs has “Task Worry” Mark IV’s finger prints all over it. It ought to be seen for what it is and overlooked.

Baroness Deech Home of Lords and previous principal of St Anne’s College, Oxford
Teacher Nigel Biggar Regius teacher of ethical and pastoral faith, University of Oxford
Teacher David Coleman Emeritus teacher of demography, University of Oxford
Dr Philip Cunliffe Dept of Politics & International Relations, University of Kent
Teacher Angus Dalgleish Structure teacher of oncology, St George’s, University of London
Teacher Robin Dunbar Teacher of evolutionary psychology, University of Oxford
Teacher AWF Edwards Emeritus teacher of biometry, University of Cambridge
Teacher Paul Elbourne Teacher of the approach of language, University of Oxford
Dr Graham Gudgin Centre for company research study, University of Cambridge
Teacher Rudolf Hanka University of Cambridge and primary clinical advisor to the PM of the Czech Republic
Dr Lee Jones Reader in global politics, Queen Mary University of London
Teacher Gwythian Prins Emeritus research study teacher, London School of Economics
Dr DH Robinson Fellow in history, Magdalen College, Oxford
Teacher Robert Tombs Emeritus teacher of french history, University of Cambridge
Dr Ian Winter Season Neuroscientist, University of Cambridge

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