How UK scientists are preparing for a chaotic no-deal Brexit
British scientists are ramping up preparations for a ‘no deal’ Brexit on 29 March — a situation that would instantly affect travel, data collection, clinical trials and crucial laboratory supplies.
The widely feared scenario means that the United Kingdom crashes out of the European Union without any trade and migration agreements with the bloc in place. It became more likely on 15 January after the UK Parliament overwhelmingly rejected a hard-negotiated agreement with the EU on the terms of Brexit. The deal would have included a transition period until 2021 during which the UK–EU relationship would have remained largely unchanged, allowing time to negotiate the parties’ future relationship.
A no-deal split is likely to cause immediate disruption because the many vital supplies that come from mainland Europe would face additional checks and tariffs.