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The Oxford Debates. A Post-Brexit UK: How Should it Look? SOLD OUT

David Owen and Mariot Leslie Chaired by Stephen Law

Sunday, 25 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

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Two leading experts on Brexit former Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen and former leading diplomat Dame Mariot Leslie join in a discussion with the audience on where we go from here.

Brexit is happening. But what, exactly, is going to happen, or should happen? A whole range of options are being discussed and very different priorities trumpeted. Should a free trade agreement be our top priority when leaving? What would a new UK immigration policy look like? Should we spend more on defence?

Owen served in Labour governments as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. He co-founded the SDP in 1981, was its leader from 1983-90, and now sits in the House of Lords as an independent social democrat. Owen campaigned in the referendum for leave, saying: “Europe has moved away from us. Its elite chose a federalist path long ago and it is not a path the UK ever wished to follow.” His latest book British Foreign Policy After Brexit, co-authored with a former diplomat who voted remain, argues that Britain’s global role and influence can be enhanced, rather than diminished, post-Brexit.

Leslie is a former British diplomat who has worked in five European capitals. From 2010 to 2014 she was the UK’s Permanent Representative to NATO. She is now an associate fellow of Chatham House and a member of the Scottish First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe. She says the prospect of Brexit is already reducing the UK’s standing and influence, and this ought to prompt a national dialogue about the sort of country the UK will be and the more modest, but different, role to which it could aspire in future if Brexit goes ahead.

Discussions are chaired by author and philosopher Dr Stephen Law.

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