A free public lecture on Scotland’s options for Brexit, hosted by the School of Law, will take place at the University’s Regent Lecture Theatre from 6pm to 8pm this evening. Admission is free and there is no need to book.
The lecture will be given by Professor Sir David Edward who is a member of the Standing Council on Europe set up by the First Minister following the result of the Referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union. Further information is available here.
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Here’s a few recent UK House of Commons publications dealing with different aspects of Brexit, brought to our attention by ESO:
The result of the EU Referendum has generated a great deal of uncertainty as to what the implications will be for university students and staff across the country. The University of Aberdeen’s Principal, Ian Diamond, has written a message in an attempt to address some of the initial concerns you may have. In addition to this, a brief list of updates from government and official bodies concerned with EU research funding has been compiled. Please find links below for your information.
A free ebook entitled Britain’s Decision: Facts and Impartial Analysis for the EU referendum on 23 June 2016, has been published by the Centre on Constitutional Change in collaboration with the David Hume Institute and the Hunter Foundation. The purpose of the publication is to provide answers to voters questions surrounding the referendum. The book identifies 19 key questions and contains chapters written by academics from all over Scotland, including The University of Aberdeen’s Prof. Michael Keating (Politics). You can read the book online/download it here.
On Saturday 28th May, as part of this year’s May Festival, there will be a discussion event on the EU Referendum, titled Britain and the EU: In, Out or Unsure? It takes place in the King’s Conference Centre at 2pm. The speakers will be Professor Michael Keating, Dr Malcolm Harvey and Professor Claire Wallace all from the University of Aberdeen and Professor Justin Greenwood from Robert Gordon University.
Here’s what to expect:
Whether you have decided one way or the other, or are just looking for more information, this event will offer impartial analysis of the key issues and the potential impact on economy, jobs, immigration and national security. We’ll also explore issues around national sovereignty and the impact on the North-East of Scotland and what either outcome might mean for our future.*
*From the May Festival programme.
So If you missed the similar UK in a Changing Europe discussion in March, fear not, you can catch up next month. For more details and to book your place, click here.
The UK Government has published a paper that considers some alternate arrangements for the UK’s relationship with the EU in the event there was a vote to leave in the forthcoming Referendum. Read it here.
Models considered include those used by Norway, Switzerland, Canada and Turkey.
Government Paper Rights and obligations of European Union membership
The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.