Bristol Distinguished Address Series:Post-Brexit Britain – the road ahead

Issue date: 18 October 2016

Vicky Pryce

Date: 19 October 2016

Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ

Time: Reception: 18:00 - Lecture: 18:30 - Networking and Supper: 19:30

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Vicky Pryce, Board Member, Centre for Economics and Business Research, will look ahead at the fractious relationship between politics and economics and its role as the UK navigates the difficult road ahead post-Brexit at the next lecture in this autumn's Bristol Distinguished Address Series.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI,FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

Vicky Pryce provided the following summary of her address 'Post-Brexit Britain - the road ahead':

The Brexit vote sent shockwaves across the UK, Europe and the world. The euro-scepticism of the press, the resonance of the immigration argument of the Leave campaign and the population's desire to vote in protest against the status quo were underestimated. At the same time the distortion of the true facts played a part and the positive case for the EU was never properly made. The politics since David Cameron's resignation can at best be described as confused with still no clear indication of where the negotiations with the EU for a post -Brexit world may lead us.

There are already short term signs of negative reaction to the vote across the economy; worries about the EU's standing and future without Britain and concern about the future viability of Britain's industries and in particular of the City of London.

The lecture will look ahead at the very difficult interplay of politics and economics that the UK will need to navigate through, as a result of this momentous vote to leave the EU in a world currently dominated by geo-political tensions and migration issues caused by conflicts it seems to be unable to control.

An audience of over 200 is expected including over 100 leaders from the business community, as well as local government leaders, UWE Bristol academics and alumni.

Following the talk, there will be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

The series of talks continue throughout the year and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors. Forthcoming speakers include: Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chair of the institute of Directors (9/11);Michael Ward, MD, Harrods (16/11) and Simon Belsham,CEO, (30/11).

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We are delighted by the calibre of this year's speakers, the series is an excellent opportunity for members of the business community in Bristol, as well as our own students, alumni and staff to hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend and open to members of the business community. Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures

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