6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursday 17 October - Tuesday 12 November 2019

2019 Brexit Symposium

Organised by the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences, the 2019 Brexit Symposium includes four key events representing a series of opportunities to engage with various aspects of the Brexit debate.


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The UK Supreme Court - 10 Years of Law and Politics

17 October 2019 - Register here for this event 

This event marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of the UK’s Supreme Court. The presentation by speaker, Nicholas Clapham, will examine the reasons behind its creation and ask, in a broad sense, what an examination of the Court tells us about the characteristics of the UK’s uncodified constitution. It will further consider how law and politics intersect during appeal level, public law, litigation.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session where the audience will have the chance to ask questions on the matters raised. 

The event is recommended for anyone with an interest in the legal aspects of the UK constitution particularly at this crucial time and highly recommended for those involved or about to be involved in the study of Public Law.

Event Details:

17 October 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Austin Pearce Building Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey


Launch of the Centre for Britain and Europe: Sunlit uplands or damage limitation? BREXIT's impact on Britain and Europe

24 October 2019 - This event is now fully book.

This event marks the official launch of the University of Surrey's Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE). A group of high-level panellists have been invited to share their insights on the strategic areas impacted by Brexit. Key political, legal, financial, and higher education sectors in both the UK and Europe will be explored in an engaging plenary-style discussion, with industry perspectives on both the EU-UK negotiations and their consequences in the short and long-term.

The audience will be invited to ask questions during the Q&A session, and talk further to the panellists and CBE Director, Professor Amelia Hadfield. The panel and Q&A will run from 18:30-20:00, followed by a reception which will be held from 20:00-21:00.

Scheduled the very week before the proposed Brexit date of 31st October, this timely event is highly recommended for those mapping out the key directions of specific sectors, and discussing the broader political changes likely to affect both the UK and Britain.

Event Details:

24 October 2019
6:30pm - 9:00pm
British Academy, Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH

The Unicorn-Free Brexit Panel

6 November 2019 - Register here for this event

Looking for answers on Brexit rather than spin? Then join us for an evening of debate, grounded in evidence, not what we'd like to believe. With expertise in economic, political and legal aspects of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, we can offer a response to all those burning questions that you've never felt you've gotten a straight answer to.

The panel will be adapting to reflect the changing complexion of the debate, but will include:

Professor Simon Usherwood. Working in the Department of Politics, Simon's research has focused on the negotiations between the UK and EU, the practicalities of Brexit and the wider role of euroscepticism in the UK. He has been Deputy Director of the ESRC-funded "UK in a Changing Europe" programme, dedicated to sharing academic insights into the public debate.

Professor Holger Breinlich. Holger is based in the Department of Economics and has produced several key studies into the impact of Brexit on living standards, trade and general economic performance.

Dr Laura Chappell. Laura is Senior Lecturer in Politics, researching the EU's foreign and security policy, particularly focusing on its military operations and on its conceptualisation of its strategic role in the world.

Dr Noreen O'Meara. Noreen is a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and European Law. Noreen's work has taken her into questions of the legal relationship between the UK and the EU, as well as the role played by European structures for Human Rights and how they relate to both EU and national legal systems.

Event Details:

6 November 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Lecture Theatre G, University of Surrey

UK Sovereignty in an Age of Brexit

12 November 2019 - Register here for this event

As the UK moves towards the hard end of making decisions about Brexit, it is timely to consider the impacts on the sovereignty of the UK. With this in mind, we are pleased to be able to bring together several leading authorities on the EU on this very subject.

The evening event will offer a range of perspectives on the impact of Brexit, highlighting the extent to which the proposed uncoupling of the United Kingdom and European Union will effect the UK's sovereignty, which was one of the headline issues during the hotly contested Referendum of 2016.
This event will be of interest to all those connected or interested in Brexit and the future of the UK, especially for those seeking to understand the dynamics of how economic, judicial and other factors can affect UK sovereignty and how it relates to the choices that the UK and EU are making.

Professor Amelia Hadfield
Professor Alexander Sarch
Allie Renison, Head of EU & Trade Policy
Professor Sir David Edward, European Court of Justice Former Judge

Event Details:

12 November 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Rik Medlik Building, University of Surrey

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