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Call for Researchers to Stay

A group of British lawmakers says that European Union researchers working in the UK should be able to stay following Britain's departure from the EU, the Guardian reports.

Members of the Commons science and technology committee say EU scientists and researchers need to be exempt from the immigration controls that are being negotiated as part of Brexit. Since the vote to leave the EU in June, UK researchers have been concerned about what Brexit would mean for the ability to attract scientific talent, and Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, tells the Guardian that many researchers from the EU working in the UK now feel less welcome.

"There are about 45,000 EU students and researchers in the UK. Not all will want to stay, but if we reassure them that their status will be maintained whatever happens, that may give them the security they need," Stephen Metcalfe, the committee chair, tells the Guardian's Ian Sample.

A report from the committee further criticizes the Department for Exiting the European Union for not including a chief scientific advisor. Sir Paul Nurse, the director of the Francis Crick Institute, says that as science has a key role in the UK economy, it should have a voice at the negotiation table. 

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