UK No­bel win­ners back EU af­ter Brexit poll boost

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON—Thir­teen of Bri­tain’s top sci­en­tists signed a let­ter back­ing the cam­paign to re­main in the EU Satur­day af­ter a dra­matic new poll boosted the mo­men­tum be­hind the Brexit cam­paign less than two weeks be­fore the June 23 ref­er­en­dum.

No­bel Prize win­ners in­clud­ing Peter Higgs—af­ter whom the Higgs Bo­son, be­lieved to ex­plain how mat­ter ac­quires mass, is named - and ge­neti­cist Paul Nurse said the loss of re­search fund­ing would be one con­se­quence of leav­ing the bloc. “The prospect of los­ing EU re­search fund­ing is a key risk to UK science,” the sci­en­tists wrote in a let­ter pub­lished by the Daily Tele­graph.“Science thrives on per­me­abil­ity of ideas and peo­ple, and flour­ishes in en­vi­ron­ments that pool in­tel­li­gence, min­imise bar­ri­ers, and are open to free ex­change and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“The EU pro­vides such an en­vi­ron­ment and sci­en­tists value it highly.”

Ahead of the June 23 ref­er­en­dum on Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship, the race is look­ing close.—APP to the oc­cu­pied West Bank a day af­ter a Pales­tinian gun at­tack that killed four Is­raelis in Tel Aviv. UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein con­demned the at­tack, the largest loss of Is­raeli life in a sin­gle at­tack since the cur­rent surge in vi­o­lence, Con­ven­tions say pun­ish­ing peo­ple for crimes they have not per­son­ally com­mit­ted can amount to col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment, Sham­dasani said. US State De­part­ment spokesman Mark Toner de­clined to char­ac­ter­ize the Is­raeli ac­tion.—Agen­cies

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