Brexit: Is the Train-Crash Avoidable?


Policy Scotland’s series of events on Brexit will continue in the New Year, with the 2017 Annual Lecture to be delivered by Lord John Kerr – the former UK ambassador to the EU and the USA – who drafted Article 50, which sets out the procedure for leaving the European Union.

Lord Kerr – who has been a vocal critic of the tactics of the UK Government since the referendum result became clear –will give his lecture entitled “Brexit: Is the Train-Crash Avoidable?” against a backdrop of growing uncertainty over the Government’s negotiating position. And with the judgement in the Supreme Court case on Article 50 expected any day around the lecture in January, it simply could not be more timely.

With Lord Kerr having an almost unparalleled wealth of experience to draw on – and never shying away from sparking debate –the annual lecture promises to be an excellent addition to the Policy Scotland Brexit series, which has already heard from Professor Jim Gallagher and former OECD Head of Division Professor Josef Konvitz.

Lord Kerr has previously argued forcefully that Brexit is not “irrevocable” and that the country “might want to think again” when Brexit terms become clearer, and has said that “immigration is the thing that keeps this country running. We native Brits are so bloody stupid that we need an injection of intelligent people, young people from outside who come in and wake us up from time to time.

The lecture takes place on 18th January at 6pm in the Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre. Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brexit-is-the-train-crash-avoidable-tickets-30129961526?aff=es2