Experts to debate Brexit at The University of Nottingham

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Experts in law, politics and economics will be debating the pros and cons of remaining in, and leaving the EU at a public debate next week.

The EU Referendum Debate is being hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham and will take place on Wednesday April 20 in Room B63 in the Law and Social Sciences Building on University Park Campus from 5pm to 6.30pm.

The event is open to all students as well as members of the public.

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Arguing the case

There will be two academic staff members from each of the Schools of Economics, Law and Politics and International Relations, with one speaker from each school arguing the case from both sides of the debate as to whether the UK should remain in Europe or not.

The debate will be chaired by Professor Kevin Lee (Head of the School of Economics) and the speakers will be:

Speaking for staying in the EU:

 Holger Breinlich (Economics);

Narine Ghazaryan (Law);

Kyriaki Nanou (Politics). 

 Speaking in favour of Brexit:

 Aris Georgopoulos (Law);

Oliver Morrissey (Economics);

Mark Stuart (Politics).

Each of the six speakers will present their case at the start of the event and there will be opportunities for audience members to ask questions.

Considering the political, legal and economic arguments

Professor Todd Landman, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham, said: “'The EU Referendum on the 23 June is a momentous decision for Britain. I am delighted that the School of Economics at The University of Nottingham has organised a panel to consider the political, legal, and economic arguments in favour of and against leaving the EU.

“The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a space for open debate about the case for and against Brexit, which examines the data, evidence, and arguments in ways that are informed academically and discussed sensibly. The Referendum is one of the biggest political decisions for quite some time and whichever way the vote goes, will have repercussions for many years to come. It is a pleasure that the University can play its part in informing the decision and providing a forum for open discussion, challenge, and debate.”

 More information can be found at the website.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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