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Avoiding brain drain requires Govt to secure our rights and freedoms

August 5, 2020 7:23 PM
By Ellen Nicholson

This week it was reported that the number of UK citizens emigrating to EU member states has risen by 30% since the Brexit vote in 2016.

  • With the Government still failing to guarantee the rights we all currently enjoy through the EU, it is unsurprising that so many Brits are abandoning ship in favor of EU member states.
  • It's time the Government stops posturing and secures a Brexit deal. Crashing out of the EU with a rushed bad deal, or - even worse - no deal at all, would be catastrophic and would likely lead to even more Brits leaving.
  • To avoid a brain drain and yet another hit to our economy, the Conservative Government must secure our rights and freedoms. Stripping these to appease an impossible image of what Brexit means would be unforgivable.

Lib Dems warned of this back in December 2019 when it was revealed that Brexit was contributing to a serious brain drain in UK universities, after it emerged that almost 11,000 EU academics had left since the 2016 referendum. It seems that its not just academics who are opting to leave the UK and seek new pastures.

This isn't a new worry Reuters highlighted that in July 2019 that just over half of Britain's businesses believe the country is at risk of a brain drain after Brexit, with many worried in particular about a shortage of tech skills, according to research by cloud-based software company Salesforce.com.