By Adrienne LaFrance
In the end, the vote that decided Britain’s exit from the European Union revealed a sharply divided electorate. But for many researchers in the United Kingdom, there was never a question of what ought to happen.
In a March poll by Nature, 83 percent of researchers working in the United Kingdom said they wanted Britain to stay in the European Union—12 percent said they favored leaving, while 5 percent were unsure. On Thursday, the voters who wanted Britain to leave the European Union edged out the ones who wanted to remain, 52 percent to 48 percent.
About half of the scientists said in the Nature poll that leaving the European Union is likely to be “very harmful” for scientific pursuits in the United Kingdom. And given Britain’s status as a global scientific superpower, many of them say, what’s bad for Britain is also bad for the rest of the world.
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