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

06 November 2017 — 06 November 2017 Leicester, University of

Academic, political and commercial expertise to meet for debate on 6 November

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), Emma McClarkin (Conservative MEP for the East Midlands), Rory Palmer MEP (Labour), Professor Helen Drake (Professor of French and European Studies, Loughborough University) 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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