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Loss of European Medicines Agency is a bitter Brexit blow to UK

by Steve Beasant on 20 November, 2017

Responding to the news that the European Medicines Agency will move from London to Amsterdam along with 900 jobs, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake commented:

“This is a bitter Brexit blow to UK science and our world-leading pharmaceutical sector.

“The Brexiteers promised leaving the EU would create jobs, instead hundreds of jobs are already moving to the continent.

“This loss of jobs and prestige will sadly only continue if the government insists on dragging Britain towards a damaging extreme Brexit.

“Ministers must now urgently clarify whether a new UK agency will be set up and how it will guarantee rapid access to new medicines after Brexit.

“If the true cost of Brexit is fewer jobs and slower access to vital life-saving medicines, the British people have the right to reject the final deal and choose to stay in the EU.”

Notes:

Amsterdam will host the European Medicines Agency after Brexit, it was reported today (link)

Health experts have warned that leaving the European Medicines Agency could be a “catastrophic” and lead to UK patients having to wait for two to three years for access to new treatments (link)

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