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  • Date and time: Wednesday 3 June 2020, 8pm to 9pm
  • Location: Online event
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

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‘Get Brexit Done’ was the slogan that won Boris Johnson a landslide victory at last year’s general election. But far from being ‘done’, Britain’s former Minister for Europe Denis MacShane warns we face a 'Brexiternity' of negotiations and internal political wrangling.

A Labour MP for 18 years and author of Brexiternity: The Uncertain Fate of Britain, he explains how the Brexit process will be long and full of difficulties, dominating British political and business life for years to come.

Find out how Brexit has the potential to change everything – from the shape of government institutions, to the main political parties, from Britain's relationship with its near neighbour Ireland to its international trading.

Denis knows many of the key EU ministers in national government and parliaments as well as most senior people in Brussels. Join him as he discusses issues including the impact of Brexit on politics, government, business, society, universities, and the rights of Brits to live, work and retire abroad.

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About the speaker

Dr Denis MacShane was the Labour MP for Rotherham from 1994 to 2012. A former Minister for Europe, he served on the Council of Europe and NATO Parliamentary Assembly, representing the UK as a Member of Parliament. He has written 18 books, mainly on international affairs.

After a decade as a BBC journalist, during the 1980s he worked on supporting companies and trade unions through difficult transition eras in Poland, South Africa, South Korea and Brazil. He has lectured on European politics at universities in America, Africa, and Asia. He writes regularly for European and USA media outlets including the Financial Times, Le Monde, Libération, Die Welt, the Globalist and Slate.

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