Brexit: a personal view of a European scientist in the UK
British Heart Foundation

Thank you dp for your detailed comments. I agree with most of your points but I disagree that the information was not getting out before the vote. The BBC, for example, run a daily and very accessible “Reality Check” series on TV and social media, with detailed facts about EU. You recall that precise information was soon dismissed by both campaigns as “scaremongering”, releasing the public from having a rational approach to the problem and let them indulge in nationalistic, emotional stands. I and many others are guilty to have misjudged the scale of this.

Other reasons for not intervening earlier for me were that, as European, I was practically too dependent on the result of the vote and therefore necessarily perceived as biased; the other reason was that, with UKIP putting posters up with asylum seekers from Syria to support the Leave campaign, adult, factual discussion was pointless; certainly my intervention would have made no difference for those 1 million people who provided the majority vote and decided the future of the UK in EU.

I was certainly not worried about my job as a consequence of the Leave vote: as explained in my piece, UK universities are too dependent on Europeans and they would not be able, for the next decade at least, to replace us with UK citizens. This would also cost them, and the UK economy, a massive amount of money.

Regarding the sociopolitical disparities, I am not sure I can comment; my job is to find a cure for heart patients and this effort takes no account of the sociopolitical (and geographical) background of the patients. You should blame those who push the pram (not the baby or the toys, in your analogy) for what happened and hope that they will now find a solution for an almost impossible problem that they have created.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.