Experts to explore what a good Brexit is for city and county

Posted by pt91 at Oct 12, 2017 11:55 AM |
Academic, political and commercial expertise to meet for debate on 6 November

Issued by University of Leicester on 12 October 2017

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The roadmap to Leicester and Leicestershire’s post-Brexit prosperity is to be explored at a meeting of minds organised by the University of Leicester that will see professional and academic expertise, and the general public answer the question: ‘What would a good Brexit look like for Leicester & Leicestershire?’

The free public event entitled ‘What would a good Brexit look like for Leicester & Leicestershire’ will take place on 6 November from 5.30pm to 7pm at Attenborough Hall, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ. Book and submit your questions to the panel here: www.le.ac.uk/leics-brexit

It forms part of a series of Leicester Conversations, bringing experts together to discuss important topics from a local perspective.

It will feature an expert panel discussing the implications of Brexit from a local perspective. How will Britain's departure from the EU affect businesses in the city and county? What will be the dangers and pitfalls to avoid, the opportunities to seize?

Drawing on their commercial, political and academic expertise, the expert panel will consider the matter from all angles. The panel will comprise of Lord Wolfson (Chief Executive, NEXT), Rory Palmer MEP (Labour), Professor Helen Drake (Professor of French and European Studies, Loughborough University London) and will be Chaired by Professor Paul Boyle (President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester).

The event will be of interest to businesses, the public sector and members of the public who want to learn more about the implications of Brexit for the city and county.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “Brexit is set to be one of the defining events of our times and it is fitting that the University of Leicester should be playing a leading role in responding to the challenges it poses. I look forward to what I expect will be a fertile discussion that will allow academic thought, business expertise and political insight to come together and illuminate the best outcomes for our city and county.”

Professor Adam Cygan, from Leicester Law School, said: “After the referendum, Brexit is commonly viewed as an issue for politicians and Parliament to resolve.  However, Brexit will have a real local impact and the practical effects of Brexit on Leicester and Leicestershire are likely to be far-reaching, with both new opportunities and new challenges emerging for citizens and business. The debate and discussion at this event will be part of the broader ongoing conversation within the city and county in the coming months about how to secure and improve prosperity in Leicester in the post-Brexit era.”

Professor Cygan is leading an Economic and Social Research Council-funded project into how Parliament has responded to Brexit entitled ‘Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process’. This research will engage with parliamentarians, policy makers, business and civil society to identify the political and legislative priorities and challenges that emerge during the Brexit process.

Professor Cygan adds: “A key message from our research is that parliamentarians, policymakers and business all agree that, as the UK moves towards leaving the EU in March 2019, it is important that citizens and business actively engage in the process of shaping what the UK will look like once the UK leaves the EU.”

This event forms part of a series of Leicester Conversations, bringing experts together to discuss important topics from a local perspective and forms part of the Economic & Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science.

‘What would a good Brexit look like for Leicester & Leicestershire?’ will take place on 6 November from 5.30pm to 7pm at Attenborough Hall, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ. Book and submit your questions to the panel here: www.le.ac.uk/leics-brexit

Join the discussion on Twitter at #leicsbrexit

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Notes to editors:

For more information contact Professor Adam Cygan on adam.cygan@le.ac.uk.

1. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and also funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policymakers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. The ESRC also works collaboratively with six other UK research councils and Innovate UK to fund crossdisciplinary research and innovation addressing major societal challenges. The ESRC is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by the Government.

2. The 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place from 4-11 November with over 300 free events across the UK. The festival, now in its fifteenth year, is designed to promote awareness of social science research by enabling scientists to engage with the public through debates, talks, workshops, seminars, film screenings, theatre, exhibitions and much more. The festival is a unique opportunity for people to meet with some of the country’s leading social scientists and to discover more about the role research plays in their everyday life. A full programme is available at www.esrc.ac.uk/festival. Join the discussion on Twitter using #esrcfestival. Logos for the festival can be downloaded from the ESRC website.

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