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Scientists fear no-deal Brexit as deadline looms

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Science  04 Dec 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6521, pp. 1146
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6521.1146

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Brexit is set to become a reality, but its likely consequences for researchers are still emerging. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January, but has remained part of EU trade and travel agreements while the final Brexit deal is negotiated. On 1 January 2021, those ties will be severed—and the future of research funding, international collaboration, and wrinkle-free supply chains of lab stocks hinge on the details of the final deal. Negotiations are ongoing this week, with stubborn disagreements over rules that would prevent businesses on either side having an unfair advantage because of labor and environmental standards, or state subsidies. But even if a deal is struck and ratified by both sides before the end of the year, many of the consequences for science will take time to unfold.

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