The Royal Society President has warned Tory leadership candidates that British research could be harmed by a poor deal or a no-deal Brexit This shows that one-third of British research has been co-authored with EU scientists [1
Prof. Ramakrishnan added Without a new visa, it will be much more expensive for researchers from the EU to work in the UK than in other countries.
British science is one of Britain's biggest winners of membership of the European Union. It receives tens of millions more pounds each year than the EU research budget. The membership also gives British researchers easy access to collaborations with the best laboratories in Europe.
In a letter to Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, Professor Ramakrishnan says that these benefits will be lost and jeopardize Britain's prominent position in research when it comes to no deal.
The Royal Society's new analysis shows that ties to the EU are of growing importance to British science.
"Loss of support from European research grants and collaborations would have a direct impact on innovation in the UK and would stop valuable research on their way," Prof. Ramakrishnan wrote to both leaders.
He has also presented data showing that it is much more expensive for researchers to obtain a work visa in the UK than in other countries. Currently, EU researchers working in British laboratories do not have to pay anything, but without an appropriate agreement, those who apply in the future will have to pay thousands.
"As Britain approaches immigration, it directly impacts our attractiveness as a place of work or training for researchers, not only in overcoming the immediate cost frontier, but also in bringing about a cultural change within the immigration system that makes us more human and welcoming makes the way we deal with cases, "he said.
Last month, leading UK research organizations called on conservative leadership candidates to commit to putting scientific research at the center of their economic policies.