IOP makes statement following the EU referendum

24 June 2016

The IOP has issued a statement following the outcome of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

IOP makes statement following the EU referendum
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The IOP’s president, Professor Roy Sambles, said: “There are wide-ranging implications now that the UK has voted to leave the EU. The priorities for the UK will become clear over the next few months.

“At the Institute of Physics, we will continue to remind the government of the importance of science as a driver for innovation and for the UK’s future prosperity. Whether the UK is in or out of the EU, science creates jobs and supports economic growth.

“Membership of the EU has had a significant positive impact on UK science. It has led to some of the continent’s greatest scientific minds working in the UK; brought world-leading collaborations and partnerships together; funded important research programmes and supported large scientific facilities.

“Science is an international and collaborative endeavour, and the current success and strength of UK physics and the wider scientific community is very much entwined with the strength of research within Europe and around the world.

“We would like to see the government reaffirm its commitment to the science community, our partners and the important investment that is made to ensure that we maintain our world-leading capabilities. We will be working with the government and the science community to ensure that these issues are being dealt with during the difficult negotiations of the next few months.”

• The Institute was active in the run-up to the referendum to ensure that our community was well-briefed on the issues for physics. Over the course of the summer, the IOP will be submitting the community’s views to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry Leaving the EU: Further call for evidence and to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s follow-up investigation to its inquiry on EU membership and UK science. The Institute has already made a priority submission to the House of Commons inquiry.

The IOP’s chief executive, Professor Paul Hardaker, has sent a message to all IOP members about the outcome of the referendum as it relates to the Institute of Physics and its work.