Experts respond to triggering of Article 50 and Brexit

Over the last year, academics from across the University have been discussing Brexit and the future of the UK once we leave the European Union.

Today, Prime Minister Theresa May has triggered Article 50, which will commence Brexit negotiations that could last for up to two years.

Dr Fabian Frenzel, from the School of Business, has written an article for Think: Leicester discussing the possibilities for post-Brexit immigration. He said:

It seems very likely that tougher immigration rules post-Brexit will not lead to less immigration. Rather migrant labour in Britain will be less protected, less documented, and thus cheaper. Such developments will put downward pressures on wage levels in the country, very much against the interests of British workers.

Professor Bernard Ryan, from the School of Law, said:

In the forthcoming negotiations, comprehensive protection of the rights of resident European nationals and their families should be a priority. If that outcome is not certain, or may be delayed, the UK Government and the EU-27 states should give unilateral commitments to current residents.

Dr Simona Guerra, from the School of History, Politics and International Relations, has written an article for The Conversation discussing what Europe must do to avoid losing more member states. Dr Guerra has also recently published a new book entitled 'Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media', which examines attitudes towards the EU and how contested debates emerge. She said:

It’s clear that trust and enthusiasm for the European project has been sliding. They must address misinformation in member states that plays a part in this lack of enthusiasm so that the EU can be framed in a different, or at least neutral, way.

These articles follow a number of opinions across a broad spectrum of research areas which have been expressed by University experts over the last year in relation to Brexit. A number of experts brought their expertise to the Brexit debate prior to the referendum vote, contributing to the public discourse surrounding the historic event.

Our President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle joined Professor Panicos Demetriades, Dr Benjamin Hopkins and Dr Sara Lemos from our School of Business; Dr Mark Langan, Dr Simona Guerra and Dr Tara McCormack from our School of History, Politics and International Relations; and Dr Lisa Rodgers and Pascale Lorber from Leicester Law School in giving their academic views in a podcast interview produced by the University's News Centre:

Leicester continued to engage in the discussion, with experts providing a range of reactions to the referendum results on the morning of the 24 June 2016.