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On The Brink Of A No-Deal Brexit: The Town Hall Debate

Britain is now facing one of the biggest constitutional crises in its history, As Brexit looms, Intelligence Squared will be staging a special town hall meeting with some of the country’s most prominent political leaders.

When will this madness end? Britain is now facing one of the biggest constitutional crises in its history, as our political system remains deadlocked over the most important issue of our times: Brexit. Two and a half years after the referendum, our parliamentarians have failed to reach a consensus on what should happen next. Nobody – Leaver or Remainer – is happy.

As our exit date of March 29th looms, Intelligence Squared will be staging a special town hall meeting with some of the country’s most prominent political leaders and Brexit experts. You’ll be able to put your questions directly to senior politicians including Kenneth Clarke, Jess Phillips, Anand Menon, Douglas Carswell and Ian Paisley Jr. Don’t let the politicians get away with obfuscation and slippery answers – this is your chance to put them on the spot.

Does Theresa May stand a chance of pushing her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament a second time around? Should we start stocking up on food and medicine, in case we crash out of the EU without a deal? Should we have another referendum (in the hope of staying in), or is this likely to provoke civil unrest amongst Brexiteers who argue that they’ve already given their vote? Should the government try to extend Article 50? And is there any hope for a cross-party compromise on Brexit, so that we can resolve this issue and move on?

Join us on March 7th, make your voice heard and make up your mind.


Speakers

Speakers

Douglas Carswell

Former Conservative MP and UKIP MP


Former Conservative MP who in 2014 became the first elected Member of Parliament for UKIP, before quitting the party and sitting in Parliament as an independent until the 2017 general election. He is credited with being one of the main figures behind the Vote Leave campaign.

Kenneth Clarke

Former chancellor under John Major


Former chancellor under John Major who has also served in various Conservative governments as home secretary, Lord Chancellor and justice secretary, education secretary and health secretary. He was made ‘Father of the House’ earlier this year as parliament’s longest-serving MP, representing the constituency of Rushcliffe since 1970. A staunch Remainer, he was the sole Conservative MP to vote against article 50.

Anand Menon

Director of UK in a Changing Europe


Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London, and Director of UK in a Changing Europe, an authoritative, non-partisan initiative researching the complex relationship between the UK and the European Union.

Ian Paisley Jr

MP for North Antrim for the Democratic Unionist Party


Member of Parliament for North Antrim for the Democratic Unionist Party. He is the youngest son of the DUP's founder Ian Paisley.

Jess Phillips

Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley


Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, who has been hailed by JK Rowling as ‘a heroine’, for her pronouncements in the House of Commons, including criticising Jeremy Corbyn for the lack of jobs offered to women on his frontbench and reading out the names of 120 women killed in Britain in the past year. Author of the book Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth.
Chair

Jonathan Freedland

Guardian columnist, broadcaster and author


Guardian columnist, broadcaster and author.

 

Speakers are subject to change.