Panel Discussion

Brexit – Opportunities and Challenges: Making the most of the leave vote

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NLGN would like to invite you to explore both the potential challenges and opportunities that local government will confront in light of the vote to leave the EU.

At this event, expert commentators will provide in-depth analysis of the impact of the Leave vote. On one hand, local government has the potential to seize this opportunity for change. Brexit has the potential to breathe new life into devolution policy and any new industrial strategy.

On the other hand, in this long period of adjustment local government will face new challenges and obstacles. A future without structural funds is a daunting prospect for some authorities. For others, the challenge to heal divisions in communities affected by the vote will be a key priority.

This event will provide the opportunity to discuss some of the most pressing questions arising from Brexit in a Chatham House environment. Alongside other senior local government professionals, we will discuss questions such as:

  • Could Brexit lead to the real devolution of power and services?
  • What needs to be done to reconcile divided communities in the wake of the leave vote?
  • How will Brexit affect immigration, employment and housing targets?
Join us for a panel-based discussion followed by drinks, nibbles and an opportunity to network with peers. Speakers include:

Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton
Cllr Philip Atkins, Leader, Staffordshire County Council

More speakers will be confirmed soon.