Join us for a stimulating and thought-provoking evening with two excellent speakers. Ian Dunt is editor of politics.co.uk. Celia Brayfield is an author and journalist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
This year Ian published his book Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? Based on discussions with leading experts in politics, trade, Europe, academia and the law, this fascinating but accessible guide to the post-referendum world is essential reading for anyone (Leave or Remain) who wants to be better informed about the implications of last year’s referendum vote.
Ian starts with the worst-case scenario of “no deal/hard Brexit”. He moves on to an analysis of how we got to where we are; an understanding of the nuts and bolts of the EU and its political institutions; the Customs Union; the Single Market; Article 50 and the relationship that other states such as Norway and Switzerland have with the EU. He demonstrates the UK’s reliance on migration and the fact that populist restrictions on migration are likely to result in severe economic consequences for the country, especially in farming, health and social care.
He is clear that many of the adverse consequences of Brexit could be addressed by an army of highly skilled negotiators working within a ten-year timeframe. Unfortunately, Theresa May and her negotiating team do not appear to have read the book and are risking our future by failing to understand the enormity and complexity of the task ahead.
Ian and Celia will be discussing his book and the current state of Brexit negotiations.
Copies of Ian’s book will be available to purchase in-store and at the event courtesy of Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights.
Tickets £5.90. Bookings: https://tinyurl.com/y8s5tv64
Ian Dunt specialises in issues around immigration, civil liberties, democracy, free speech and social justice and appears regularly on the BBC, Sky and Al-Jazeera as well as a variety of radio stations. Ian also writes lifestyle columns for other publications and websites.
Celia Brayfield has written nine novels, including modern social comedies and international bestsellers and five non-fiction books, beginning with a study of celebrity culture. Her next book will be a study of the young women writers of the Sixties. As a journalist, she has worked most for The Times and the London Evening Standard, specialising in media issues. Celia also teaches Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and designed the Creative Writing programme at Brunel University London.