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Labour scientists back second vote if there is no general election

The campaign group Scientists for Labour has called for a second referendum on Brexit if the party fails to force a general election.

Benjamin Fernando, chairman of Scientists for Labour and a physicist at the University of Oxford, told Research Fortnight on 28 May that a general election was the most preferable outcome.

If successful, the group would campaign for the Labour manifesto to include continued commitment to underwriting grants from the European Union’s R&D programme Horizon 2020 in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and regulatory compliance with the EU in areas such as pharmaceuticals and nuclear energy, he said.

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