Bill Gates Has ‘Positive Prediction’ for U.K Science Industry

  • Gates tells ITV News there is ‘concern’ in science community
  • Microsoft co-founder says he would have voted to stay in EU

Bill Gates.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Billionaire Bill Gates said he had a “positive prediction for the future” of the U.K.’s science industry despite concern in the community following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, according to an interview with ITV News.

The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. said Thursday he would have backed staying within the EU and that Britain’s future ties with the bloc would be “fascinating’’ to monitor.

As for whether British science will be damaged outside of the EU, Gates noted there was “a little uncertainty.” The key, he said, would be that the government, companies and philanthropists keep investing in basic science and education, and he didn’t expect that to change.

“It’s really that level of talent that is going to be the key predictor of the future,” Gates told ITV.

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