Northern Ireland Academics on Brexit Could Leave U.K. Less United


Royal Irish Academy's Northern Ireland members have squeezed out their support for the campaign for U.K. to continue to exist within the European Union.

The Northern Ireland members quoting as evidence the damage they pointed out could be done in universities in the province were the UK to leave, Times Higher Education reported.

The signatories expressed their warm admiration for the Erasmus+ student exchange program, as the program did not only promoted the development of an international, outward looking culture and reduced the likelihood of unemployment for its participants, but, the program also has great financial benefits.

In the event of Brexit, the academics also pointed out the funding that would be lost to the institutions in Northern Ireland.

The 62 percent of UK scientific outputs now being classed as international. And the collaboration of UK and European researchers pool their resources, expertise, data and infrastructure to success rather than they could do alone.

The Northern Ireland members further value the European Union for strengthening a collaborative approach to research, and pay particular attention that research involving worldwide collaborators has been shown to have nearly 50 percent more measurable impact compared to the research done at a national level.

Over 90% of UK academics support the Remain campaign in the EU referendum - as Research and Development are crucial to the future of Northern Ireland.

Most of the recent major research challenges are done internationally and not nationally. Northern Ireland took a full part in heading and participating in European Union research programs. And the EU has put together over a third of the world's scientific output, Newsletter reported.

However, Andrew Blick, King's College London lecturer in politics and contemporary history, stated that the United Kingdom is in some ways inherently unstable for the reason of the mixture of different national groupings, and also the lack of equality of England relative to the others, NY Times reported.

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