And he also made a pointed reference to the importance of international cooperation, which appeared to cast doubt on the prospects of Britain’s space sector thriving after the country quits the EU, whenever that may be. Prof Cox is an outspoken opponent of Brexit, confirming via Facebook he had signed an online petition calling for the revocation of Article 50 which is now pushing towards six million signatures. The host of Wonders of the Solar System told Express.co.uk: “I don’t want to want to talk about politics but as a general point it’s not just science is it?
“The charitable way to put it is, the unbiased way to put it, is that when you disentangle yourself, and this occurs quite aside from Brexit, from a structure you’ve been a part of for a long time, then it will have an impact.”
After leaving the EU, Britain will also be excluded from access to the Galileo satellite system, Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said, despite having been instrumental is developing much of the technology involved.
But Mr Cox also had words of caution when it came to Britain going it alone, underlining previous comments about the process, which he has previously described as a “weakening of our interaction with our neighbouring countries”.
He said: “What you are seeing here with collaborations is, it is pretty much the case now that nobody, not even the United States, manages missions on its own.
“Part of that is the very reasonable point that it is expensive and so the more countries that collaborate the better it is and in my field, particle physics, that’s absolutely clear.
“Cern now is the only game in town in terms of big particle accelerators and pretty much everyone contributes everywhere around the world.
“These are global efforts and without that effort you can’t really do that.
“Another good example is the International Space Station.
“They don’t envisage a future where they will not be collaborating with Russia, and the European Space Agency, and most likely China as well.
“We’re pretty sure that the road map from now on is going to be international collaboration.”
Mr Cox’s Facebook post last week said: “I’ve signed this petition to revoke A50 and deal with the consequences afterwards – referendum, election, whatever.
“I have no idea whether these things do any good but after May’s astonishingly irresponsible speech this evening I’ll give anything a go.”
Prof. Cox, 51, serves as a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester.
Before obtaining his PhD, he was the keyboard player with D:Ream, which scored a number one hit with Things Can Only Get Better, later used as the Labour Party’s 1997 election anthem, although he did not play on the track.
Other presenting credits include Wonders of the Universe, Stargazing Live and Human Universe.
In 2017 he also provided the voice of Professor Ryan Farrow in an episode of Postman Pat.