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Brexit would hinder access to EU facilities, peers told

Leaving the European Union would lead to the UK having to constantly renegotiate access to large research facilities, witnesses have told a parliamentary inquiry.

In an evidence session held on 15 December as part of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into the UK’s membership of the EU, scientists and lobby groups said that researchers should consider effects of Brexit that go beyond access to funding.

The committee asked whether UK researchers would lose access to EU facilities iif the UK leaves the EU. Although witnesses at the session said that access was managed differently by each facility, they agreed that EU membership gives the UK valuable soft powers by allowing it a place at discussions about EU-funded facilities. This includes those still under deliberation or construction.

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