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Uncertainty persists after week of Brexit chaos

A tumultuous week in parliament has provided little reassurance for researchers, who fear the UK could still crash out of the European Union without a deal.

On 14 March, MPs voted to back a government motion to delay Brexit beyond 29 March by 412 to 202, in a vote that is not legally binding. The same day they also voted overwhelmingly against holding a second referendum. These votes came after MPs ruled out leaving the EU without a deal on 13 March and rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal for the second time on 12 March.

However, these votes have only added to researchers’ feelings of uncertainty about Brexit, according to Mike Galsworthy, the founder of the campaign group Scientists for EU. “No one is feeling reassured about anything,” he told Research Fortnight. “It’s fairly clear from the votes this week that Theresa May’s deal is not close to passing.

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