Brexit 'threatens UK's status as a world leader in scientific research'

Britain's future as a world leader in scientific research is being thrown into jeopardy by naive and inexperienced Brexit campaigners, a group of Nobel laureates has warned.

Thirteen world-renowned scientists warned Britain would lose funding, global influence and access to a vital pool of expertise if it leaves the EU.

The scientists include:

  • Professor Peter Higgs, whose predictions were tested in the large hadron collider at Cern

  • Graphene pioneer Sir Kostya Novoselov

  • Geneticist Sir Paul Nurse

A biochemist weighs graphene, pioneered by Sir Kostya Novoselov

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph they insisted that Britain currently helps "steer the biggest scientific powerhouse in the world" and wields greater influence than it would alone on the outside.

They said: "Science drives our prosperity, health, innovation and economic growth. It should be front and centre in the EU debate.

"As British science Nobel laureates, we are concerned that those commenting on science for Brexit lack experience in scientific leadership, and are putting the superb UK research endeavour in jeopardy."