U.K. scientists overwhelmingly wanted their country to stay in the European Union, and many took to Twitter today to vent their frustration over the outcome of yesterday's referendum—as did colleagues from around the world.
Here's a snapshot of their comments.
Really, really fucking angry— Mick Watson (@BioMickWatson) June 24, 2016
If I go back to sleep, then when I wake up I'll discover this was some horrible nightmare right? #Brexit— Gavin H Thomas (@GavinHThomas) June 24, 2016
Today is a sad day for science and sanity. #Brexit— Hannah Wakeford (@StellarPlanet) June 24, 2016
Sad and shocked this morning. Presumably as an immigrant I should hand my job back to whoever it is I took it from. A victory for xenophobia— Jim Al-Khalili (@jimalkhalili) June 24, 2016
I guess Britain got tired of batting above it's weight and felt it was time to retire to obscurity - I'm moving away now— Sylvia McLain (@girlinterruptin) June 24, 2016
Dear Europe - for the record, I didn't want this to happen. Please don't judge all Brits by the poisonous rhetoric of the Leave campaign.— Dr Heather Williams (@alrightPET) June 24, 2016
The most depressing data from today. Young people wanted a very different future to the one voted for this morning pic.twitter.com/KdKALbZD5e— Dylan Jones-Evans (@dylanjonesevans) June 24, 2016
Sad day for UK young scientists. An uncertain future forced by the older generation's shameful vote for isolationism. We let you down.— David Nutt (@ProfDavidNutt) June 24, 2016
This, from Suddeutsche Zeitung, pretty much sums up my thoughts this morning. 'A solution from the wrong century'. https://t.co/mQVW2MQKRI— Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) June 24, 2016
Flying back up to Scotland later today. I suspect it will be busy flight.— Richard Wiseman (@RichardWiseman) June 24, 2016
In my inbox this morning: a great collaboration with UK/EU partners now in doubt thanks to exchange rate freefall.— Daniel MacArthur (@dgmacarthur) 24 juni 2016
A sad day for collaborative research in Europe. Efforts to prepare for and respond to infectious diseases just got more difficult.— Finnian Hanrahan (@FinnianH) June 24, 2016
UK remains EU member with all rights &obligations including running ERC projects until process of withdrawal is over https://t.co/vL7NSjF03c— ERC Europe (@ERC_Research) June 24, 2016
Helping my coursemates do data collection in Glasgow Science Centre today. Glad it is taking my mind off Brexit pic.twitter.com/rY9f1uIdXa— Steph Allan (@stephnicallan) 24 juni 2016
Think some tribe make self big weak for pretend am big strong.— Homo Erectus (@PlioceneBloke) June 24, 2016
I want my old life back https://t.co/xkSQ4x12yN— Nick Loman (@pathogenomenick) June 24, 2016
Surely, like with the Boaty McBoatface poll, someone can step in to invalidate the decision and declare David Attenborough PM— Louise Johnson (@LouiseJJohnson) 24 juni 2016
With reporting by Kai Kupferschmidt.