The Brexit concerns of Cambridge were aired in European Parliament on Tuesday 11 April as the Cambridge Brexit Report was officially launched. The event was hosted by East of England MEP Alex Mayer and addressed by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.
Prepared by The Wilberforce Society, the UK’s largest and leading student think tank, the Cambridge Brexit Report is a comprehensive survey of where Cambridge stands on Brexit.
The team have brought together data and insights provided by local residents, students, businesses, community groups and academics as well as conducting a public evidence gathering conference ‘Cambridge and Brexit: Discussing our Future’ in March.
Brexit will not only have big implications for Britain but also for Europe. Since 2014, over 40 European Research Council grants have gone to Cambridge University researchers: more than any other university and more than many entire European countries.
City MP Daniel Zeichner, who is travelling to Brussels for the launch said:
"This report is a welcome addition to the dialogue about the impact of Brexit on Cambridge, the UK and Europe. I am clear Cambridge thrives because of the contribution and collaboration we share with our European partners. I am proud that knowledge and ideas from Cambridge are spread across Europe. I don’t want Brexit to close the doors to open science and open innovation in my city or this continent.
“It is also right to think about the great challenges facing us like tackling climate change and fighting terrorism. Here, to me, it is clear isolationist thinking undermines our response.”
East of England MEP Alex Mayer said: “People come to Cambridge from all the corners of the earth, but that means they can also choose to go elsewhere. One of my concerns is that some of the people who choose to go, or never arrive post-Brexit, will be lost from our continent for good. When Cambridge loses, Europe loses.
“Of course I have faith that Cambridge will continue to be a global success. But why put a spanner in the works? It is deeply sad that we have made it harder for people from across Europe to collaborate, cooperate and share ideas fizzing with promise in Cambridge and Britain.”
Matteo Mirolo, from the Cambridge University European Society, said:
"The Cambridge Brexit Report is an academically rigorous, forward looking and clear-eyed piece of work that gives voice to the local Cambridge communities, reflects on the impact of Brexit on Cambridge and its regions and formulates recommendations that will be of interest to policy makers.”