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Survey reveals extent of chemists’ concerns about no-deal Brexit

The majority of chemists believe that a no-deal Brexit would have disastrous consequences for the UK’s chemistry sector, according to a survey.

The Royal Society of Chemistry questioned a total of 5,800 chemistry professionals across the world—including 3,638 from the UK. Almost three quarters—72 per cent—thought that crashing out of the European Union without a deal would be very negative for the sector. Just four per cent expected a positive impact.

The survey, conducted between 6 and 17 February, were released on 14 March, during a tumultuous week in parliament that saw MPs vote by 412 to 202 to back a government motion to delay Brexit beyond 29 March, in a vote that is not legally binding.

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