The event, chaired by Dr Magdalena Frennhoff Larsén, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, brought together six prominent speakers, each of whom represented different elements of the Brexit process. The panel was made up of Tasmina Ahmed-Sheik, MP from the Scottish National Party, Rachel Cuncliffe, Deputy Editor of Reaction, Dr Imke Henkel, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Lincoln, Mary Honeyball, Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party, Jean Lambert, Member of Parliament for the Green Party and Professor Richard Whitman from the University of Kent.
Jean Lambert began the discussion by explaining that many important clarifications are yet to be made, including what is going to happen with citizens from the European Union who live in the UK and those who are currently in the process of acquiring rights. She noted that a lot of mystery is surrounding the expression “the brightest and the best”, often used to refer to the people who would still be welcomed in the UK, even after it leaves the EU.
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheik, MP, discussed the current situation in Scotland, a country where the majority of people voted to remain in the EU. She emphasized on the fact that Theresa May has refused to present Scotland’s position in the European Parliament and protect its national interest.
Expressing her surprise at how isolated Britain has turned out to be, Mary Honeyball raised the belief that after all the arguments for rescuing British Sovereignty, the negotiations are going to revolve around the EU and not Britain. She also said: “The European Union can’t give Britain the deal that they would get if they were also in the European Union.”
In an upcoming lecture, called Non-negotiated Brexit: a Realistic Scenario or a folly?, Professor Adam Lazowski from Westminster Law School will discuss whether a non-negotiated Brexit is possible and what may be the consequences.