Exiting the Eu: Science and Research

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:29 pm on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton 8:29 pm, 19th December 2016

The debate about leaving the EU and science is not unique in having myths associated with it, and I wish to talk about two today. The first, which has been mentioned by a number of people, concerns problems with scientific collaboration and financing. As has been well documented and elucidated, this country benefits in its research budget: we are a net gainer in research. It has also been pointed out that we are a net donor when it comes to overall European funding. What is often not stated is that we are net contributor to the science budget as a whole—