As a scientist working for the NHS and a major university, I see the advantages of EU membership daily. It isn’t just research funding, although the UK does extremely well on that count and gets back far more money than we contribute. The really important thing is the ability to collaborate so easily with colleagues in universities and industry across Europe to achieve a critical mass in specialist areas. And freedom of movement means that we can attract the brightest research students, academics and medical staff. I’ve also worked successfully through our elected representatives to change EU laws, and so I know that claims that the EU is undemocratic are completely false. 

Ruth St John