Birmingham leads way on Brexit research

on January 16, 2017

The fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the EU and its impact on businesses, law and communities will be at the heart of the new Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University.

The pioneering education and research facility, the first in the country, will bring together experts from across topics and subject areas to discuss, evaluate and recommend action and policy.

It will promote debate about the reasons for the Referendum outcome and closely follow and advise about the Brexit negotiations, while encouraging study and practical guidance for businesses, professions and individuals.

“At the moment everyone is making deductions…from the most senior ministers to the individual on the street…whatever level of expertise, it’s just crystal ball gazing.” (Prof Jon Yorke)

The centre launches next Thursday (January 26). It hosts a free conference exploring Brexit’s challenges for business, trade, employment, education, environment, human rights and democracy.

Alex de Ruyter, Director of Research at Birmingham City University’s Business School and chair of the launch event, said:

“With the vote of the UK to leave the EU it is now crucial to gain an understanding of the complexities that Brexit entails for individuals, communities, business and government, whilst clearing up misconceptions around its impact.”

“It will have a national focus but will also specifically investigate the impact of Brexit on Birmingham and the surrounding areas.”

Prof Jon Yorke, pictured right, law professor at BCU, said the centre was seeking to provide an essential hub for academic, political and social thought and engagement during the Brexit and post Brexit era.

Audio: Prof Yorke on why the new centre will be a boon for BCU students


“The centre seeks to engage with the changing landscape from the triggering of Article 50 and how that’s going to impact on our country and its changing relationship with the world.

“What we want to do is to provide a portal, a central point, to engage with the different dialogues, thoughts and professional interests on everything from constitutional change to how it will impact on devolved regions, from what will fill the likely vacuum of EU law, to how we best tackle race hate and protect the human rights of vulnerable people.”

It is hoped it will establish the university as a centre of excellence for all Brexit-related studies.





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