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UK exit from European institute sparks outcry

Image: European University Institute [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

‘Flawed’ reasoning behind European University Institute departure

Leading academics have condemned a government decision to give up the UK’s membership of an acclaimed pan-European research institute, questioning the legal need to do so.

In documents released on 7 February, the British government said that on the day the UK leaves the European Union it will “automatically fall out” of the convention that set up the European University Institute, an international centre for postgraduate and postdoctoral studies and research near the Italian city of Florence.

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