Exiting the Eu: Science and Research

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South 6:30 pm, 19th December 2016

The Minister has mentioned collaboration with EU partners and others around the world. I represent a university that has given us Dolly the sheep and, indeed, Higgs boson, so we know that collaboration works, but the only reason that Dolly the sheep and Higgs boson are associated with the University of Edinburgh is that it was able to lead those collaborative projects. We are hearing already that the prospect of leading such collaborative projects is being jeopardised, because of the decision to leave the European Union. Will the Minister do all that he possibly can to ensure that universities such as Edinburgh in my constituency are protected in our exiting the European Union?