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‘After Brexit’ Panel 1 - ‘Brexit: The Day After’ – the European picture

When Apr 20, 2016
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster
Contact Name
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'After Brexit: the picture in Europe and Britain'

This two-event series will take place in London and Cambridge:

  • 20 April 2016, London (Westminster) - 5-7pm ()
  • 27 April 2016, Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) - 5-7pm ()

The debate surrounding Britain's future relationship with Europe has so far been characterised by a lack of clear thinking about the geopolitical consequences of a vote to leave the EU. This suggests that the British public may soon embark on a crucial decision-making process with no real comprehension of what is at stake.

Our aim is to provide just such understanding through two scenario panel events, balanced between those of both sides of the referendum debate, and focused on exploring the precise consequences of a 'Brexit'.

It is important to note that this will not be a conventional 'in'/'out' debate.

Rather, our starting point is a scenario in which the electorate has voted to leave. Our speakers will consider what might come next for Britain and Europe. Will Brexit isolate Britain, fracture the United Kingdom, cause further instability on mainland Europe and shatter Europe's best hope for the future, or will it liberate the British and other Europeans to realise their potential free of the shackles of Brussels? The objective is to move the public conversation towards thinking carefully about what leaving or remaining would mean both for Britain and for the rest of Europe (and consequently for Britain).

This event series is being run by the Forum on Geopolitics at POLIS, Cambridge (

Details are as follows:

'Brexit: The Day After' – the European picture

Date: Wednesday 20 April 2016
Venue: Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Westminster.
Chair: Simon Heffer
Confirmed speakers:

  • Kate Hoey
  • Peter Hitchens
  • Tristram Hunt
  • Nicholas Soames
  • Bronwen Maddox
  • Stephan Shakespeare (CEO of YouGov, presenting polling data commissioned for this event)


'Brexit: 'The Day After The Day After' – constitutional implications for England, Scotland and the Union

Date: Wednesday 27 April 2016
Venue: Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Chair: Simon Heffer
Confirmed speakers:

  • David Trimble
  • Denis MacShane
  • David Runciman
  • Joe Twyman (YouGov Political Chief, presenting polling data commissioned for this event).


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