IOP issues a statement on the EU referendum

16 May 2016

A statement on the forthcoming referendum on UK membership of the EU has been approved by the Institute’s Council and is available on the IOP’s website.

Calendar showing 23 June
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It complements a brief prepared by the IOP’s policy team, The impact of EU membership on UK physics, and has a link to the evidence submitted by the IOP to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into EU membership and UK science.

The statement emphasises that the IOP is not advising IOP members on how to vote in the referendum on 23 June. “We recognise that for many members the decision about whether or not to remain in the EU will be based on a range of issues, and so the IOP is not offering advice on how members should vote,” it says.

It goes on to say: “As the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK we feel it is important to have an informed debate where the issues that have an impact on physics, and science more broadly, are supported by an evidence base.”