What will Brexit actually mean for Britain?

Published: 21 October 2016 at 15:40

UK and EU flags fading together in the middle

Anglia Ruskin event will look at implications for business, politics and environment

Untitled PageLeading figures from the world of business, politics and the environment will talk about the possible implications of Brexit during a special panel discussion called “Brexit: What do we know now?” at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Thursday, 3 November.

The event has been organised by Anglia Ruskin’s Labour History Research Unit and Lord Ashcroft International Business School, and a panel of experts will explore how Brexit, whether hard or soft, could affect different sectors.  

Leading economist Gerard Lyons will look at “Brexit and business”.  Lyons founded Economists for Brexit and was economics advisor to Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London.  

Former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge Dr Julian Huppert will examine “Brexit and politics”.  Before losing his seat at the 2015 General Election, Dr Huppert was one of only two MPs with a science PhD and is now a research fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Friends of the Earth CEO Craig Bennett will focus on “Brexit and the environment”.  Bennett is one of the most respected speakers on environmental issues in the UK.

Professor Rohan McWilliam, Director of Anglia Ruskin’s Labour History Research Unit, said: 

“The referendum and the decision of the UK to leave the European Union is clearly one of the most momentous events in modern British history and is already reshaping the political landscape in profound ways.  

“Brexit has already installed a new Prime Minister and caused a civil war within the Labour Party.  The new Prime Minister Theresa May says ‘Brexit means Brexit’, but what does Brexit actually mean?  Are we heading for Hard Brexit or Soft Brexit, and should Parliament be given a vote on the deal?  

“What will Brexit mean for the economy, the political landscape and the environment?  And how will we continue to work with Europe?  The issue of access to the single market is still unresolved.  Should Britain now be looking for new economic partners and if so, where?  

“This talk is part of a series of events at Anglia Ruskin where experts will probe the new political landscape of modern Britain.”


The event on Thursday, 3 November (5.30-7pm) is free to attend and is open to the public.  To reserve a place, please visit Eventbrite.