The physicist Stephen Hawking has advised the UK to be a member of the EU for an indefinite period of time. This, he says, is in the UK’s best interests.
The cosmic genius, Stephen Hawking may be confined to a wheelchair but his mind spans the entire universe. He also keeps in touch with stuff that goes on closer to home.
He is currently among 150 luminaries who have shown support for the UK to remain a part of the EU. According to Hawking, leaving the European Union would damage the scientific prospects of the nation.
Hawking warned the leaders of the UK that leaving the EU would be tantamount to a disaster and brain drain. The scientists from both the UK and the mainland continent would not be able to freely travel between the two areas across the English Channel.
The results would be a chaos where science and research would come to a halt. It will be very detrimental to the spirit of scientific analysis and all progress would come to a standstill. Hawking wrote all this via dictation in the form of an open letter to The Times (via Reuters).
Among the 150 distinguished people who signed the letter were scientists, math experts, engineers, economists and members of the Royal Society.
This is Britain’s topmost scientific club. Martin Rees, Athene Donald and Alan Fersht were among the list of signatories. June 23rd is the date set for the polling to begin.
All of Britain will vote as to whether it wants to remain a member of the EU or not. It will be a decisive day. The EU contains 28 countries at present. It represents the best interests of the Europeans.
Although there are more people who want to remain within the EU in the UK, the margin between the “yeas” and the “nays” has narrowed down in recent months leading to a panic of sorts.
Science is vital to the health of the UK economy. Were the UK to seek freedom from the EU, it would be science which would be hit the hardest.
All the extra funding of scientists that is possible thanks to grants and packages coming from the EU would be stopped leading to a case of a scientific desert.
Also the cross-pollination of ideas would not be there anymore since continental scientists will not be employed by the UK government. This will be a catastrophe for science and the scientific spirit in the long run.