In DepthEUROPE

Uncertainty reigns in Brexit Britain

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Science  29 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6298, pp. 437
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6298.437

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In the weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the U.K. government has made it clear that foreign residents won't be kicked out and their legal rights remain intact—and that will remain the case until new treaties are forged, a process that could take years. Nevertheless, researchers from other parts of the European Union, who make up 16% of academic staff at U.K. universities, are anxious about their status, and—like their U.K. colleagues—also anxious about access to European grant funding and research facilities. After the referendum, the pressure group Scientists for EU asked researchers about their concerns. Among the 400 responses were 46 that reported hearing about or experiencing xenophobia. And at least 84 people were planning to leave the United Kingdom themselves or know someone who is.