A University of Edinburgh Lecture ©

British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series 2016

Tuesday 01 November 2016 -
18:30 to 19:30
BREXIT: A lecture by Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh

British Council in partnership with Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University and University of Edinburgh


A University of Edinburgh Lecture entitled -


Part of the British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series


The UK's vote to leave the EU did not end the debate about the UK's relationship with the EU. It opened up a new phase in that debate about how access to the EU single market trades off against a commitment to limit migration into the UK. Powerful economic arguments for market access jar with populist concerns about migration. This lecture explores how these competing forces are unfolding and concludes that populist appeals to voters are likely to have the upper hand over economic arguments. A 'hard' Brexit looks increasingly likely.

Location and Timing:

The lecture will be hosted by Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University, at the Mochtar Riady Auditorium (Level 5), 81 Victoria Street Singapore 188065, on Tuesday 1 Nov 2016.

6.00 p.m. - Arrival of Guests, Registration

6.30 p.m. - Welcome Address and Opening Remarks by Dr Kirpal Singh, Director of Wee Kim Wee Centre

6.40 p.m. -  Lecture by Professor Charlie Jeffery

7.10 p.m. - Question and Answer Session

7.30 p.m. - Networking and Reception

8.30 p.m. - Event to close

About the Speaker:

 Professor Charlie Jeffery

Charlie Jeffery is Professor of Politics and Senior Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh, having earlier been Vice Principal Public Policy and Impact and Head of School of Social and Political Science. Prof. Jeffrey has led a number of research initiatives on Scottish and UK politics for the UK Economic and Social Research Council and was a member of ESRC's governing Council from 2005-11. He chaired the UK Political Studies Association from 2011-14 and was a member of the Politics and International Studies assessment panel for the UK's 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He has been special adviser to parliamentary committees in Scotland and at Westminster, and to the EU Committee of the Regions. Prof. Jeffrey is a member of the UK Government's Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons which considered special arrangements for English legislation at Westminster.

Most recently he has been leading work coordinated for the University of Edinburgh on the Scottish constitutional debate with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council and working with the City of Edinburgh Council to develop a ‘City Deal’ designed to drive on the economic growth of Edinburgh and the surrounding region.


For further information regarding this event please email: education@britishcouncil.org.sg