Annual Conference set to return in March 2019


The Centre for Brexit Studies are delighted to announce the news that our second Annual Conference is due to take place next month.

Taking place on ‘B-Day’ on March 29th at The RSA in London between 9am-5pm, the day the UK is meant the leave the EU, the conference is set to bring a wide variety of voices together from across the Brexit landscape.

From Brexiteers to firm Remainers, the conference will look into what we could expect after Brexit thanks to a whole host of guest speakers, panel debates and insightful talks.

The event will feature an array of key speakers from both sides of the debate including Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Sir Bernard Jenkin Conservative Member of Parliament for Harwich and North Essex.

Also speaking at the event will be Founder and Chairman of JML and UK Labour activist John Mills, Economist Vicky Pryce, Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE, Journalist Raymond Snoddy, Comedian and BBC Radio 1Xtra host David "Sideman" Whitely, John Mair, Lis Gerrard and Beverley Nielson.

They will be joined by a number of experts from Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies, including Centre Director Professor Alex de Ruyter – a leading commentator on the issues surrounding Brexit.

The event will host a series of panel debates throughout the day around a variety of topics, including Brexit and the media, young people and Brexit and many more. These will be alongside insightful talks and speeches which will discuss topics around Brexit and UK politics.

The event will also offer brilliant networking opportunities with academics and business professionals throughout the day and the chance to get involved, as well as the opportunity to find out more about the Centre for Brexit Studies and our research.

Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies was established in February 2017 to provide a platform for academics and practitioners to come together and explore the likely impact of Brexit, and chart developments throughout the withdrawal process.

Current research has examined the automotive industry, developed new measures of regional economic performance and understanding why people voted the way they did in the 2016 referendum.

Professor Alex de Ruyter, Director of Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies, said: “The Centre for Brexit Studies was started to provide a platform for discussion, debate and insight into the process of withdrawing from the European Union, and this is what the Conference is all about.

“Bringing together so many key speakers allows us to give delegates a range of perspectives from the Parliamentary and business world, as well as an insight into the views of young people on Brexit and how it is being carried out.

“With so much of the debate continuing it is fitting that we will be holding this event on March 29, the day Article 50 is set to expire, allowing us to provide additional insight as news filters through from Westminster and beyond.”

Lunch will also be provided for all event delegates, as will refreshments throughout the day and during coffee breaks. More news around the conference will be posting on our social media accounts with the hashtag #CBSBrexitDay.

To attend this event, you must be registered via the Eventbrite page. Payment on the door will not be accepted. General admission costs £11.25. Birmingham City University Staff and Students can attend the event for free, but must provide a valid ID upon arrival. Members of the Press can also attend the event for free, but ID will be required upon arrival.

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