Join us for this major debate featuring speakers from all sides of the political spectrum.
Should we have a further referendum to test whether the public still want Brexit.? But if there isn’t a further referendum should we stay in or leave a Customs Union.?
For the Brexiteers, Brexit means a clean break with the Customs Union. Anything else would be, in the words of International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, a ‘complete sell out’. We would thrive outside of it; no weighty contributions to Brussels, no need to sign up to the free movement rule and the freedom to negotiate free Trade Deals with non EU- Countries. So goes the argument of the Brexiteers. A hard brexit is the only way.
Not according to Jeremy Corbyn and a number of Tory ‘Remainer’ rebels. Earlier this year the Labour Leader announced party support for a soft Brexit; leave the EU yes, and the Single Market, but stay within ‘A’ Customs Union. We can avoid new tariffs, border checks – specifically the need for a ‘hard border’ with Northern Ireland – and ensure free flowing trade. All without committing to free movement, budget payments or supervision of the European Court of Justice.
In this innovative debate come and decide on the defining issues of the day- A second Referendum, a hard or soft Brexit.
Stella Creasy is the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow. Prior to her election in 2010, she worked as head of campaigns at the Scout Association and as deputy director of the thinktank Involve. She holds a PhD in social psychology from the London School of Economics.
Sella previously served Walthamstow community as a local councillor, Mayor and Chief Whip of the Council. She helped run a participation charity and worked for the Scout Association, helping to develop the campaigning and civic skills of young people.
Since in parliament she has served on the Public Accounts Committee, in Labour’s Shadow Home Affairs and Business team and lead campaigns on tackling legal loan sharking, online harassment, housing and public debt management. Currently she is on the Science and Technology Select Committee and working on campaigns around PFI, housing, women’s equality and tackling islamophobia.
Paul Mason is an award-winning writer and film-maker. His latest book is Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future. He’s directed a short fictional movie Astoria (2016), written/devised two stage plays, and made regular appearances on TV as an analyst and commentator focusing on Trump, Brexit, the Corbyn phenomenon and the economics of social justice. His next project is a book called Clear Bright Future, which is a defence of radical humanism in the face of artificial intelligence and algorithmic control.
Iain Martin is a former editor of The Scotsman and a former senior executive at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. He is the author of the award-winning book “Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up the British Economy.” His latest book is “Crash, Bang, Wallop: the inside story of Big bang and financial revolution that changed the world.” He contributes to the Financial Times and appears regularly on the BBC.
Julian Jessop is Chief Economist and Head of the Brexit Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), the UK’s leading free-market think tank. He has over thirty years of experience as a professional economist in the public and private sectors, including senior positions at HM Treasury, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining the IEA in 2017 he was Chief Global Economist at the independent consultancy, Capital Economics.
Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Professor of Government at the Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College, London. He was formerly for many years Professor of Government at Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of Albania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel, Mauritius. Slovakia and Trinidad. His books include, Devolution; The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics; Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution; Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform; Devolution in the United Kingdom; The New British Constitution and The Coalition and the Constitution.