This toxic Brexit hurts universities, linking us to Trump and the rest | Peter Scott

Brexit is rooted in the rejection of modernity and reason. Higher education cannot thrive where expertise is sneered at So this is the crunch month for Brexit, when everything is going to be sorted (or not). In practice, whatever happens in Whitehall, Westminster and Brussels, nothing will be decided because the long-term consequences of Brexit cannot be predicted. And everything has been decided because the damage has already been done – barring the miracle of a people’s vote. Attention has been focused on Brexit’s collateral damage to universities and colleges – the loss of EU-funded research (even if short-term sticking-plaster compromises can be reached), the reduction in student applications from the rest of the EU, the jittery morale of EU academics based in Britain. Continue reading...