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14th September, 2016

Taking ‘Brexit’ Seriously: A Dialogue


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14th September, 2016
Great Hall King's Building Strand Campus

The outcome of the referendum on 23 June – that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union – is perhaps the most momentous development in British politics since the Second World War, but it raises many more questions than it has answered. The objective of this panel is to generate a constructive dialogue on two broad and inter-connected questions that arise in the wake of the vote for “Brexit”: (1) What are the requirements – legal and other – that must be satisfied in order to give proper effect to the vote to leave the European Union? and (2) To the extent that there is room for manoeuvre in negotiations, which “version” of Brexit would secure the best political and economic outcomes for the United Kingdom, and for Europe?
Among more specific questions to be engaged:

  • Is Parliament’s consent required in order to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty? More generally, what role should Parliament play in the Brexit process?
  • What are the implications of Brexit for Scotland and Northern Ireland?
  • How should UK law be ‘disentangled’ from EU law?
  • What are the economic implications of Brexit for the UK and for Europe?
  • What should be the shape of the UK’s future relationship with Europe? Should the UK become a member of the European Economic Area or European Free Trade Association?


Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE FBA, Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College London

Professor Richard Ekins, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO of Newton Investment Management

Lord Norton of Louth (Professor Philip Norton), Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull

Dr Helen Thompson, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

Professor Takis Tridimas, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London


Professor John Tasioulas, Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law, King’s College London

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