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The Social, Legal and Business Consequences of Brexit

  • Thursday 16 June 2016, 2.00PM to 3.30pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • LMB030/031, Law and Management Building, University of York (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

University of York

László Andor, former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, will deliver the keynote address. A distinguished panel will then debate the potential implications of a yes or no vote. A panel discussion with:

  • Matthew Elliott, Vote Leave Campaign
  • Ben Leatham, University of York Students' Union (YUSU)
  • Matt Matravers, University of York (Chair)
  • Baroness McIntosh of Pickering
  • Charlotte O’Brien, York Law School, University of York 

About the speakers

László Andor was the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion from 2010 to 2014. Prior to this, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and an advisor on the staff of the Hungarian government. 

He is a former Associate Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the French Legion of Honour in 2014. László studied Economics in Budapest, Washington, D.C. and Manchester. 

Ben Leatham is the current President of the University of York Students' Union. He is committed to amplifying the voices of York students, both locally and nationally. This includes working to ensure as many young people as possible engage with, and take part in, the forthcoming referendum.

Matthew Elliott is a prominent figure in the Vote Leave campaign and the Founder of Business for Britain, an independent campaign calling for a leave vote in the forthcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. He is a former Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance which he co-founded in 2004.

Matt Matravers joined York Law School in 2015 as Professor of Law having been at the University of York since 1995 serving as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor in the Department of Politics. He is on the Arts and Humanities research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In addition, he is Director of the Morrell Centre for Toleration.

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering is a Conservative Life peer sitting in the House of Lords since October 2015. She previously sat in the House of Commons as MP for Thirsk and Malton and Vale of York.

She was Shadow Minister for: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2007 to 2010; Children, Young People and Families, 2006 to 2007; Work and Pensions, 2005 to 2006; Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2005; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; 2003 to 2005; Transport, 2002 to 2005; and Shadow Spokesperson, Culture, Media and Sport, 2001 to 2002.

Dr Charlotte O’Brien is a Senior Lecturer at York Law School, University of York. Charlotte is the Principal Investigator on the EU Rights Project. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the project is looking at how easy it is to use the rights granted by EU law in the UK, and is looking to better develop a theory of EU citizenship and social and administrative justice in EU law.  She has volunteered and worked in Citizens Advice Bureaux for over 13 years, and specialised in EU legal research for 11 years. She is an 'analytical expert' on the EU Commission's Free Movement and Social Security Coordination network, producing reports and giving litigation advice and suggestions to the Commission. 


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