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Guy Ryder,

Health protection is central to decent work and must be a reality for all.
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Milton Friedman, American economist

disagrees Tariffs
The benefits of a tariff are visible. Union workers can see they are "protected". The harm which a tariff does is invisible. It's spread widely. There are people that don't have jobs because of tariffs but they don't know it.
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Manmohan Singh, Former prime minister of India

disagrees Tariffs
Protectionism is a very real danger. It is understandable that in times of a severe downturn protectionist pressures mount but the lessons of history are clear. If we give in to protectionist pressures, we will only send the world into a downward spiral.
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Lord Green of Deddington, Founding chairman of MigrationWatch UK

EU migration, taken as a whole, is not making the positive fiscal contribution that has so often been claimed.
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John Oliver,

ISPs should not be able to engage in any sort of f*ckery that limits or manipulates the choices you make online.
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Bill Thompson,

disagrees Electronic voting
I do not think it is possible to design an e-voting system that can be guaranteed secure against a concerted and well-funded attack. I am concerned that this will happen, or worse, that it will be suspected and that the results of an election will be cast into doubt.
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Toby Walsh, Professor of artificial intelligence

Even if we have as many as 47% of jobs automated, this won’t translate into 47% unemployment. One reason is that we might just work a shorter week. That was the case in the Industrial Revolution. Before the Industrial Revolution, many worked 60 hours per week. After the Industrial Revolution, work reduced to around 40 hours per week. The same could happen with the unfolding AI Revolution.
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Benedict Brogan,

They [faith schools] feel besieged by a Government that is using its statutory powers to challenge their very reason for being: the right to make faith and a commitment to it the deciding factor in admissions. Cristina Odone had it right...when she argued that to defend the rights of faith schools was to defend the right of parents to a school ethos that matches the one they promote at home.
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Ha-Joon Chang, Economist. University of Cambridge

disagrees Basic Income
The right-wing version of UBI (...) is that the government should provide its citizens with a basic income at the subsistence level, while providing no (or little) further goods and services. As far as I can see, this is the version of UBI supported by the Silicon Valley companies. I am totally against this. There are left-wing libertarians who support UBI, who would set its level quite high, whi... See More
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Guy Standing, University of London Professor, co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)

agrees Basic Income
It is very much the belief of us who favour a basic income that 99 per cent of people want to improve their lives. If you do not have basic security you cannot be rational
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Tony Atkinson, Research Fellow at Oxford and Professor at the London School of Economics

disagrees Basic Income
I don’t in fact favour a basic income as such, what I favour is what I call a participation income
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stellacreasy, British Labour Co-operative politician, Member of Parliament

Can we make all carriages safe for all passengers rather than restricting where we can go? [It] doesn't keep women safe to restrict their movements - it normalises attacks. We need to be clear they [the attackers] are problem, not women's seating plans.
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Alan Turing, British mathematician and logician, a major contributor to mathematics, cryptanalysis, and AI

Even if we could keep the machines in a subservient position, for instance by turning off the power at strategic moments, we should, as a species, feel greatly humbled. … [T]his new danger … is certainly something which can give us anxiety.
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Ian McKellen, Actor and activist

disagrees Brexit
It bothers me a bit that if Europe begins to break up then the idea that gay people should be looked after may go out the window. I think on those grounds, that’s why I’ll be voting to stay in.
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Liz Kendall,

disagrees Brexit
Being a member of the EU is vital for jobs, growth and investment … It is only by working with other EU countries that we can build a better, more confident future for people in my constituency and across Britain.
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Julian Fellowes, English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, Conservative member of the House of Lords

agrees Brexit
I believe we should be out. It’s about philosophy, it’s about democracy, it’s about democracy versus autocracy … the European Union can’t be accountable because the elected MEPs have no real control over the Commission.
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Dominic Raab, Conservative Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton

agrees Brexit
In terms of jobs, the real case for leaving the EU lies with the positive opportunities from winning back the freedom to craft our own laws at home, while trading more energetically abroad with the global economies of the future
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Alan Budd, Former MPC member

disagrees Brexit
Sources of uncertainty are likely to harm investment spending in the short and medium term
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Panicos Demetriades, University of Leicester

disagrees Brexit
There is no doubt that Brexit is a factor that will weigh heavily on the prospects of the UK economy and beyond
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Saul Klein, British venture capitalist

disagrees Brexit
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Leo McKinstry, British journalist and writer

agrees Brexit
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Henry Bellingham, British politician

agrees Brexit
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Adam Holloway, British politician

agrees Brexit
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Howard Flight, British politician

agrees Brexit
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Richard Overy, British historian

disagrees Brexit
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Thandie Newton, English actress

disagrees Brexit
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Derek Jacobi, English actor and film director

disagrees Brexit
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Andrea Nolan, British veterinary surgeon and academic

disagrees Brexit
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Hugh Reginald Brentnall Pelham, Director, mrc laboratory of molecular biology, university of cambridge

disagrees Brexit
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Ketan Jayakrishna Patel, Staff scientist, mrc laboratory of molecular biology, cambridge

disagrees Brexit
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Malcolm Longair, British astronomer

disagrees Brexit
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Peter Lachmann, British immunologist

disagrees Brexit
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Aaron Klug, British chemist and biophysicist

disagrees Brexit
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Martin Hume Johnson, Emeritus professor of reproductive sciences in the department of physiology, development and neuroscience (pdn) at the university of cambridge

disagrees Brexit
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Archibald Howie, British physicist

disagrees Brexit
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Richard Henderson, British biochemist

disagrees Brexit
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Gillian Griffiths, British biologist and immunologist

disagrees Brexit
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Partha Dasgupta, British economist

disagrees Brexit
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Jon Crowcroft, British computer scientist

disagrees Brexit
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Jane Clarke, Professor of biophysics at the university of cambridge

disagrees Brexit
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Michael Cates, British physicist

disagrees Brexit
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Christopher Calladine, British engineer

disagrees Brexit
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Andrea Brand, Molecular biologist

disagrees Brexit
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Michael Bickle, Geophysicist

disagrees Brexit
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Shankar Balasubramanian, British chemist

disagrees Brexit
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Emma Thompson, Actress, screenwriter

disagrees Brexit
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Eric Idle, British comedian, actor, singer and writer

disagrees Brexit
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Germaine Greer, Australian feminist author

disagrees Brexit
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Patrick Bateson, British biologist

disagrees Brexit
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Nick Herbert, British politician

disagrees Brexit
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