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19 April 2017:

With Article 50 being triggered this week, there is a lot of confusion about the future of the UK, which is of concern to all of us.  To try to shed light on this, we have arranged a debate with some of the top thinkers who are closest to the developing situation.

The debate takes place on Wednesday April 19th, 2017 at 7pm at the BPP University Law School, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4NY. 

Tickets are available through this link.

The speaker line-up is as follows:


Professor Steve Peers

Professor Steve Peers is based at the University of Essex School of Law.  Professor Peers’ research interests include European Union Law: constitutional and administrative law, including human rights; justice and home affairs law; external relations law; employment law; internal market law, particularly the free movement of EU citizens.  He has given oral and written testimony to the House of Lords and House of Commons EU Select Committees on numerous occasions and has been a consultant for the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Pro-Brexit speakers:

Gisela Stuart MP

Gisela Stuart is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Edgbaston since 1997. Born and raised in West Germany, she has lived in Britain since 1974.  She served as Chair and leader of the Vote Leave Campaign Committee as Co-Convenor with Conservative Michael Gove MP. The Vote Leave campaign was successful in the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016.  Since September 2016, she has served as Chair of Vote Leave's successor organisation, Change Britain.

Iain Martin

Iain Martin is a Scottish journalist and author who has held senior positions, including editor, with newspapers in Scotland and England.  He has written two books: “Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy”, published in 2013; and “Crash, Bang, Wallop: the inside story of London's Big Bang and a financial revolution that changed the world”, published in 2016.  He is a columnist for The Times, and editor of

Pro-Remain speakers:

Ian Dunt

Ian Dunt is editor-in-chief of and political editor of the Erotic Review. He writes and talks about immigration, free speech, drugs and party politics for a variety of magazines, TV shows and radio stations.  He recently wrote “Brexit: What The Hell Happens Now?”, a copy of which was sent to every MP and MSP following a crowd-funding campaign.

Jolyon Maugham QC

Jolyon Maugham QC is a tax barrister who specialises in litigating avoidance schemes, and works at Devereux Chambers.  He is an advisor to the Labour Party on tax matters.  He is currently taking a court case in Ireland – suing the nation of Ireland about Britain’s unfair treatment in Europe since the referendum.  The goal is not to inflict a defeat on Ireland, but to get a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). While judges in Dublin will be asked to chew on a claim about Britain’s mistreatment at the hands of other EU member nations, it’s at the CJEU in Luxembourg that the real question will be answered: once Article 50 is triggered, can Britain take it back?


This is a stellar line-up of speakers, and you cannot miss the opportunity to hear about the latest developments and the prospects for the United Kingdom and Europe as the biggest negotiations in a generation commence.  Tickets are selling quickly, and are limited.  Click here to buy.

There is a charge for admission to the debate, and as the speakers and BPP are generously waiving any fees, all of the attendance fees will be donated to the Billable Hour Appeal for Save the Children’s work with child refugees in the Mediterranean..

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