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The silver lining myth

Don’t expect instant results from the Brexit brain gain

On Monday 31 July the deadline passed for applications to host EU agencies currently based in the UK. The Netherlands, Spain, France, Sweden and Greece are jostling to take the European Medicines Agency. Even tiny Malta has thrown its hat into the ring. Meanwhile, Ireland and Germany are contenders to host the European Banking Authority.

Having a regulatory agency—such as the EMA—doesn’t just bring prestige to its host country. It also rubs off on local biomedical science. There’s no doubt the EMA’s loss will be a big blow to the UK.

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