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Brexit a huge concern for the scientific community – Archibald

8 October, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has congratulated the organisers of Science and Stormont 2018 on a successful event. 

The event took place on Monday 8 October on the theme of The Impact of Brexit on STEM and industry.

The vice chair of the All-Party Group on Science Technology Engineering & Maths said:

"This is a yearly event, which takes place to encourage good relations between the Assembly and the scientific community, this year the theme for discussion was the impact of Brexit on STEM and industry.  

"The impact of Brexit is of huge concern for the scientific community, it will be deeply damaging particularly for the universities and research sector.

"The ability to access EU funding streams into the future is of major concern, as highlighted by a recent 'no deal' guidance note which outlined the uncertainty around H2020 funding.

"People mobility is another area of great concern, for those EU citizens currently working in the north and Britain; and also for universities and research organisations seeking to recruit talented staff and students. 

"To protect the research and innovation sector it is essential to secure an outcome in the Brexit negotiations which sees the north remain in the customs union, the single market and which secures the rights of citizens to ensure continued free movement and access to EU funding streams. 

"Engagements like Science and Stormont are important to ensure politicians and policy-makers have the opportunity to hear the views and concerns of the scientific community."

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