Brexit: What Next For The UK?


Date:
Wednesday 20 July 2016, 6pm (for 6:15pm start) to 7:45pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theartre, Room 1

Speaker: Claire Fox

£4 to pay on the door. To reserve a place, please e-mail us at contact@leedssalon.org.uk

Following the vote to leave the EU, Leeds Salon has invited the Director of the Institute of Ideas and Moral Maze panellist, Claire Fox, to discuss the implication of the referendum result for the UK.

Over seventeen million people voted to leave the EU on 23rd June, making it the biggest democratic mandate in British history. Yet there’s clear unease amongst many about what this means, what happens next, or if the referendum should stand.

On the Remain side, many are claiming that the people were fooled by the “lies” of the Brexit camp, and are looking to overturn the result. Millions have signed a petition urging a second referendum; some MP’s want a parliamentary vote on the result; others threaten the vote with lawyers and bureaucratic challenges. Meanwhile, on the Leave side, after being urged to vote, many are now angry with the way in which they have been castigated and criticized by some Remainers as ignorant or xenophobic. Worse, they fear their vote will be fudged, if not overturned, and have also signed a petition calling for Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to be enacted immediately, triggering the process of leaving the EU.

This is the most important moment in British politics for decades. It should be a moment that feels pregnant with possibilities. And yet many feel scared — genuinely scared – both of the consequences of the Brexit vote, and the implications for democracy if that vote is not implemented. How should we interpret the vote for Brexit? And what should happen next?

Whether you voted Leave or Remain, join the discussion.

 

Readings:

Brexit: The battle for democracy starts here, Institute of Ideas podcast of public debate with Claire Fox, Frank Furedi & Tom Slater, 1 July 2016

Why elections are bad for democracy, David Van Reybrouck, Guardian, 29 June 2016

The 2000-year, ongoing fight for democracy, Tom Slater, Spiked, 29 June 2016

The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know, BBC, 24 June 2016

 


 


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