On 23rd June, David Cameron has announced the UK will have a historic referendum vote on if we should remain a part of a reformed European Union, or if we should leave and become an independent state. I have countless arguments of a political nature which make me believe we should stay; we are safer in the EU, the economy is better in the EU, we stand on the shoulders of others and bat above our status and finally but most importantly it is part of our (so-called) everlasting peace after the mass slaughter of innocents on European soil in World War 2.
But I don’t want to write about politics. Today I reach out from a science perspective. Science is one of the unsung heroes of the EU – through the EU the UK tackle a huge number of international scientific issues with a broad variety of stakeholders at many different levels. Many jobs and importantly funding arrangements are performed at an EU level, and unfortunately Britain is unlikely to be able to access significant amounts of this should we leave the EU.
I am passionate about science – I always have been and I always will. A huge amount of what makes Britain great come from our science – just think of all the great scientific discoveries. Most of them are not British – please don’t misunderstand me, but a huge percentage are relative to the size of our tiny island are. For the science community leaving the EU would spell setback and a real brain drain – I would for sure seek opportunities within the EU or America. If you have any interest it keeping science great in Great Britain – have a look at the campaign page.