Government Challenged over one rule for Premiership Footballers and another for Elite Scientists & Engineers

The letter sent to the Times was signed by eight of the eleven British or British based scientists to win the Nobel science award since 1996, including Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov, two Russian scientists from the University of Manchester who invented grapheme.

Professor Novoselov said that ”the UK risks losing senior figures and rising stars in science if funding cuts materialise in the government\’s spending review. Without money we won\’t be able to attract good people here. The impact is going to be that good scientists will go abroad, especially the young people. International collaborations underlie 40% of the UK\’s scientific output, but would become far more difficult if we were to constrict our borders. The UK produces nearly 10% of the world\’s scientific output with only 1% of its population; we punch above our weight because we can engage with excellence wherever it occurs. The UK must not isolate itself from the increasingly globalised world of research – British science depends on it.\”

Legal Challenge from the JCWI

Recently the Government announced that it would ‘rigorously defend’ any legal challenge to it over the implementation of the Immigration Cap from the JCWI who plan to bring a judicial review against the government. The JCWI has claimed that the limit has been implemented without proper consultation.

Mr Green said that “\’We will rigorously defend this challenge and are confident of success. The government has been clear: we will introduce our permanent annual limit on economic migrants from outside the EU from April 2011. While we decide how the annual limit should operate, it is imperative that we have interim measures in place to avoid a rush of applications from migrants before the new rules take effect. We are fully committed to reduce the level of net migration back down to the levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands each year, not hundreds of thousands. Introducing a limit on migrants from outside Europe coming here to work is just one of the ways we intend to achieve this.\’

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