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Event: The context of Brexit for the UK elections

Posted on 24 May 2017

University of York researcher, Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou, will lead a panel of speakers in a public debate about how Brexit could influence the UK general election result.

The context of Brexit makes the UK general election a unique event

Focusing on British electoral politics and the question of Europe, this event will examine how Brexit could affect the outcome of the 2017 general election and what the general election will mean for Brexit.

Join Dr Vasilopoulou, Dr Nicole Lindstrom, also from the University of York, Professor Jonathan Portes from Kings College London, and Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform, provide independent and politically impartial analysis on the options available for the UK government and the EU going forward post-election.

Dr Vasilopoulou said: “The context of Brexit makes the UK general election a unique event in our history but at the same time questions of health and welfare are dominating the campaign.

“Jeremy Corbyn has successfully managed to narrow the gap between the parties by focusing on issues traditionally associated with the left, such as the NHS. But it is not clear whether this will be a winning strategy for the labour party, as Brexit conceals a number of issues that are important among the electorate, including immigration.

“Voter analysis suggests that the Conservatives are still the party believed to be most capable handling both Brexit and immigration, but will this be enough to keep them ahead in the polls come the 8th June? All of these issues and more will be debated at this event.”

The event, which is funded through the UK in a Changing Europe and co-sponsored by the University of York, will take place at 6pm, on Tuesday, 30 May, in the Al Qasimi Room, Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace.  Tickets are free but places must be booked in advance here.

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