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DEFRA and Britain’s science and technology sector must be protected through Brexit

It feels like groundhog day. Yet another week goes by and we’re still waiting for detailed updates on government policy on areas that will change because of Brexit.


With a year to go, it's time for some answers on Brexit

Throughout the Brexit process the formal negotiations have been accompanied by a rhetorical to and fro between London and Brussels that has often generated headlines, but rarely shed any light the serious questions facing the country. In a crowded field, Michael Howard threatening war with Spain over Gibraltar stands out...


Brexit science and innovation summit opens government up to concerns

Science minister Sam Gymiah will have food for thought after the Brexit science and innovation summit – organised by Parliament’s science and technology select committee.


Brexit is the real threat to our energy security

The issue of the security of our energy supply was given a brief flash of prominence last week when defence secretary Gavin Williamson warned that the Russians may target our energy infrastructure as part of an attack on the UK.


Our union, one year on

Prospect senior deputy general secretary Sue Ferns and joint president of the BECTU sector Ann Jones look back on the first year of our merged union


A sustainable future for UK energy

On 30 November leading industry and political figures joined Prospect representatives from across the energy industry for the Parliamentary launch of our new pamphlet ‘A sustainable future for UK energy’.


Clean Growth Strategy lacks detail on skills, investment and life after Brexit

The government’s long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy raises more questions than answers on how we can deliver a low-carbon economy. 


Government aspirations for science after Brexit must be matched by effective action

Today’s Government position paper on science should be a watershed moment for the UK. Never has science and innovation been more important to our nation’s future. Even without Brexit, the changing nature of technology, an emerging new economy and global constraints on natural resources made science key to our future...