Brexit vote hits European Union funding pot for British universities

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In her first speech as Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May spoke to her country's working-class families and pledged to build a "better Britain" for them.

The German leaders spoke after May's ally Chris Grayling appeared to dampen any hopes among Britain's European Union partners that her rapid ascent might accelerate the process of moving ahead with the split and resolving the uncertainty hanging over the 28-nation bloc. "What do you want to tell citizens if we don't finalise that before, if there's no clarity?"

Once the country triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (which regulates the departure of any country member of the EU), the process must be concluded in two years.

The news has come shortly after BBC Newsnight reported that European academic bodies were "pulling back" from research collaboration with United Kingdom academics amid uncertainty after the Brexit result.

A new survey claims that the UK's decision to quit the European Union has led to catastrophic consequences for science, as British researchers are now viewed as financial risks and consequently forced to leave EU-funded projects and step down as leaders from studies.

In comments addressed to ordinary Britons, she spoke of the "burning injustice" suffered by large sections of society: poor people facing shorter life expectancy; blacks treated more harshly by the criminal justice system; women earning less than men; the mentally ill; and young people struggling to buy homes.

"Recession is now our base case", Richard Turnill said.

The appointment of Mr Davis to the newly created role as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union was among the first announcements of who will be in the new Cabinet.

May, who was a quiet supporter of the Remain camp, ruled out a second referendum in her leadership campaign and vowed to honour the British voters' choice of leaving the EU.

The libertarian Davis - a former special forces reservist who boasts that he has broken his nose five times - has sparred with May for years over the powers of Britain's spy agencies, which she oversaw as home secretary and he thinks are too intrusive. One veteran of Thatcher's cabinet described her last week as a "bloody hard woman", a comment that may have helped her by implying comparison with the "Iron Lady". She has already been likened to Germany's Merkel for her cautious, low-key style.

Testament to that, he's already published a Brexit economic strategy for Britain.

Saying that she would bring the country and party together under her leadership, she remarked: "Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a success of it". When May arrives at Buckingham Palace, she will become the 13th leader to receive Elizabeth's royal assent in a private ceremony that marks the moment when May succeeds Cameron as leader of Britain's year-old Conservative government.

May emphasised her commitment to delivering Brexit but "explained that we would need some time to prepare for these negotiations and spoke of her hope that these could be conducted in a constructive and positive spirit", the spokeswoman said of the calls. Backers of "Brexit" want the flow of people from the European Union to be cut drastically or stopped.

He said that the "important acceleration" today in Britain's progress towards getting a new prime minister in place was an opportunity for clarification from Britain of its intentions.

May supported "Remain" in the referendum, but very quietly.

Prime ministers normally reside at 10 Downing Street, a Georgian residence with approximately 100 rooms just a few minutes' walk from Parliament.

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