Detailed guide: Nuclear research after Brexit. How researchers working on civil nuclear fission and fusion will be affected if there’s a no-deal Brexit.
FE News 13th Aug 2019 read more »
Boris Johnson promised to ‘supercharge’ UK science after Brexit at a lab which receives £60 million a year in EU funding. Mr Johnson announced plans to relax visa restrictions for scientists during a visit to Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire.
Mirror 12th Aug 2019 read more »
Consensus on the need for clean energy is likely to be overturned when voters feel the economic realities kicking in Brexit, once fuzzy, is coming into focus. It will be clean, it will be hard, it will be red, white and blue. Will it, though, be green? The question is interesting because on October 31 many of the country’s environmental rules will cease to be. Environmentalists are fairly optimistic: there is enough global pressure, enough party consensus, they reckon, for the rules mostly to end up where they started. But they shouldn’t be so sure. Here’s their logic. Party politics loom large, but the planet is considered larger, just about: the main parties are busy replicating each other’s promises on climate change. In his speech on the steps of Downing Street, Boris Johnson talked proudly of a country that liked animals and was “leading the world in the battery technology that will help cut CO2 and tackle climate change” and “produce green jobs for the next generation”. True, the environmental zealot Michael Gove had been shuffled out of his job as environment secretary, but the super-greens Zac Goldsmith and Simon Clarke had been shuffled in, albeit to more junior positions. Much has been made, too, of Johnson’s girlfriend’s job as an environmental campaigner (his nickname for her is Little Otter). Carrie Symonds is due to give her first solo speech this evening at a birdwatching conference. “It’ll be interesting and inspiring to have someone in Downing Street who cares so much about wildlife,” the organisers said. They shouldn’t count their chickens. Johnson is not necessarily heading in a green direction. He will note, for one thing, that there are few political gains in trying to please the liberal left and centre, the parts of the electorate that care most about the environment. He can throw all the energy-saving lightbulbs and 5p plastic bags at them he likes, he won’t win them round to the rest of his hard-Brexit, fill-up-the-prisons offer, aimed purely at the right.
Times 16th Aug 2019 read more »