Tuesday 28 March, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes
As Britain gets set to trigger Article 50 and prepares to leave the European Union (EU) three Open University (OU) academics will explore the implications.
The OpenMinds Talk: What does Brexit tell us about Britain? will take place at the OU Milton Keynes campus on Tuesday 28 March from 6.30-7.30pm.
"Is the public debate on Brexit over now or does the public still have a say?" - Dr Kesi Mahendran
The speakers, representing the OU’s Citizenship & Governance priority research area, are:
- Dr Richard Heffernan, Reader in Government, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Dr Kesi Mahendran, Lecturer in Social Psychology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
- Anne Wesemann, Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Business and Law
Their contributions will focus around these key questions:
- How did a House of Commons with a “Remain” majority come to vote to trigger Article 50?
- What does this mean now for EU citizens living in Britain and UK citizens living in Europe?
- Is the public debate on Brexit over now or does the public still have a say?
Dr Heffernan will also explore the parliamentary process involved in triggering Article 50 and what the process of leaving the European Union indicates about British politics.
Anne Wesemann will probe the idea of EU Citizenship and what it means for both EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living abroad.
Dr Mahendran will reveal data about public attitudes to the EU in the run-up to the referendum. She will end by asking if Britain is moving from a representational democracy to greater direct democracy, which means people will vote on policy issues directly as was the case with the European Union membership referendum?
Watch the trailer video to hear what the academics will discuss about Brexit:
What does Brexit tell us about Britain? is a free event, open to all and there will be time for members of the audience and participants joining online to comment and ask questions during the Q&A.