Several comments immediately following the British vote for Brexit focused on the negative effects both in general terms and in individual sectors, such as that of scientific research. The most feared consequence is the isolation and loss of funding for researchers in community projects. British commentators were later joined by many other European and non-European countries who have interpreted Brexit as a manifestation of impatience with Europe, its constraint and lack of flexibility, topped by an all-English presumption, that they can do better by themselves. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.