A fresh perspective on Brexit
Posted on 03/03/2017
Five King’s academics hosted a breakfast briefing for journalists today, highlighting the breadth of expertise at the university as well as providing some new insights on the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Professor Anand Menon, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Professor Andrea Biondi, Professor Jonathan Portes and Dr Andrew Blick led the discussion which was attended by a variety of journalists, including from the BBC, The Guardian, the Independent, the Daily Express, The Washington Post and the Brazilian outlet, Globo.
The discussion centred on what happens after Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered. The experts agreed that we are about to enter a phase in which the reality of what is to come will soon start to become clearer. They questioned whether Britain has the infrastructure and resources in place to deal with the process of leaving the EU. They also highlighted that there are legal complexities that will impact virtually every business in this country and there was an appeal for the government to tackle bureaucracy. Professor Jonathan Portes maintained that there will be a sharp fall in immigration over the next few years. Professor Vernon Bogdanor urged journalists to lobby the Home Office to simplify procedures relating to permanent residence.
The debate was lively and the panel agreed that Brexit will impact people considerably and notably, those living on the Irish border. ‘Life on the island of Ireland will change’, said Professor Anand Menon.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Senior Vice President/Provost (Health) who attended the event, said, ‘The breadth of knowledge and experience in the room today is proof that King’s is a major thought leader on this issue. Brexit impacts our students, our staff and our alumni. We are very international and this is a difficult and complex issue for all of us. So many of our students are from continental Europe and much of our high impact research is the result of collaborations across Europe. My major concern is the impact on people, especially the many, talented EU nationals here at King’s. We must do all we can to support government with Brexit so we can continue to retain and recruit the very best talent at this university’.
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