Nobel Prize-winning physicist Sir Andre Geim says Boris Johnson is taking scientists 'for fools'

Mail Online | 8/8/2019 | Jack Doyle Associate Editor For The Daily Mail;David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline
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A Nobel Prize-winning physicist has warned Boris Johnson not to take scientists 'for fools' after his pledge to turn Britain into a 'science superpower.'

Professor Sir Andre Geim, was namechecked by Mr Johnson in the announcement for his discovery of graphene.

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But he and other leading British scientists said leaving the EU would harm Britain’s status as one of the world’s scientific hubs.

He warned a No Deal exit would be even worse for the sector.

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He told The Times: ‘The government may try and reduce the barriers to entry for scientists but they cannot reduce turmoil that would be caused to science in the UK by a no-deal Brexit.

Sir Andre shared the Nobel prize for physics in 2010 with Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov.

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But Sir Konstantin has already left Britain for Singapore, Sir Andrew revealed.

In a marked shift in policy, Mr Johnson scrapped a cap on leading figures from science and medicine, engineering and the arts who want to come here to work.

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He has ordered officials to create a 'fast track' route to bring in the 'best minds' from overseas.

The policy was announced in a live broadcast on Facebook Live after the Prime Minister had visited the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, which undertakes cutting edge research into power from nuclear fusion.

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Mr Johnson said: 'Britain has a proud history of innovation, with home-grown inventions spanning from the humble bicycle to the lightbulb.

'We were home to the world's first national DNA database, we discovered graphene, and our cutting-edge scientists should be proud to follow in the footsteps of titans like Ada Lovelace and Nobel Laureates Francis Crick and Peter Higgs.

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'But to ensure we continue to lead the way in the advancement of knowledge, we have to not only support the talent that we already have here, but also ensure our immigration system attracts the...
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