Oxford for Europe

Public Panel Event: Brexit Impacts in the Oxford Region

Organized by Oxford for Europe, in association with the European Movement (UK) Oxford Region, and with Oxford European Association  

We now know that the 'Brexit dividend' will be negative; if it is allowed to go ahead, Brexit will cost us, in many ways and for many years. On April 27th a public panel was held at Oxford Town Hall to review these costs for the Oxford region.
  
By bringing together evidence, testimony and debate on how Brexit is already impacting on lives, economy and society, as well as what further impacts we can expect if Brexit is allowed to proceed, in its various possible versions, and what we can do about it.
  
Both panellists and witnesses reported and testified on the impacts of Brexit on the lives, careers, relationships and rights of European citizens and their families, on our NHS and social care, on business and industry from SMEs to BMW, on our region's universities, research and tech sectors, and on the worlds of the arts, culture and creative industries.
  
Brexit can be stopped if a clear public will is expressed to demand a vote on the terms. This event provided a platform for those who wish to speak out urgently about what they now know Brexit will mean for us.

Our Panel

"....Now I'm a scientist so I think it's fine to experiment. But if experiments are going wrong and people are getting hurt by it, like in clinical trials, then it is only ethical to stop it."

Dr Mike Galsworthy is co-founder of the campaigns Scientists for EU and Healthier IN the EU. He is a leading voice in the movement to stop Brexit. Mike was previously an independent consultant in research & innovation policy. Previous to that he worked in Health Services research at UCL and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He comments regularly about Brexit on Twitter, where he has over 58,000 followers.
Antony David is Chief Executive of Solid State Logic, based at Begbroke Science Park, Oxford. He has been active in local and regional business sector consultations the impact of Brexit since the Referendum. SSL designs and manufactures mixing consoles and related audio technology products for the global media markets including music, broadcast, film and post productions. According to Billboard magazine, 80% of US number one records are produced on SSL consoles.  
Dr Nick Fahy is a researcher and consultant in health policy and systems at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, and worked for ten years with the European Commission. He was lead author of a recent Lancet article, “How will Brexit affect health and health services in the UK? Evaluating three possible scenarios” ( http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31926-8/fulltext), and is a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Health Committee for their inquiry into Brexit and health and social care.
  
Catherine Bearder MEP is a Liberal Democrat politician and an elected representative of South East England in the European Parliament. A former Liberal Democrat councillor in Cherwell and on Oxfordshire County Council, she is also President of the Liberal Democrat European Group (LDEG). She recently spoke in Oxford and High Wycombe during the high-profile nationwide tour of the Brexit Facts Bus, and has been a tireless campaigner exposing the costs, cruelties and follies of Brexit.
  
 
Dr Ruvi Ziegler [chair] is chair of the Oxford European Association. He is Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, School of Law, a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and an Academic visitor at its Faculty of Law. His recent book Voting Rights of Refugees was published by Cambridge University Press.
  
  
Councillor Craig Simmonds [Green Party]: Craig is both a local businessman and Oxford City Councillor. He is a founding member and director at Europe’s fourth fastest-growing management consultancy in which role he has met with civil servants at the Department for Exiting the EU and advised many organisations on the impacts of Brexit on UK environmental legislation. As a Councillor he commissioned, as Chair of Finance Panel, a report on the impact of Brexit on Oxford’s economy.
  
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