The referendum held across the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016 was meant to settle the question of the UK’s membership in the EU once and for all. For the moment, however, it has generated mostly doubt and uncertainty, over not only the triggering of Article 50 and the future relationship that the UK will plan to have with the EU, but also more fundamental political questions about the United Kingdom itself and its component regions. Is a second independence referendum a possibility in Scotland? Will the potential strengthening of the UK’s only land border with the rest of the EU undermine the progress made since the end of the Troubles?
Join YPFP as we discuss these questions and many more with our panel of speakers who have both wide-ranging political experience in the UK and its devolved regions and knowledge of decision-making in Brussels.
A Scottish Labour politician, she was a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2011. She is currently Director of Strategy and Engagement for the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and chair of the European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation, and represents the UK as a member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
Began her career as a BBC journalist and also headed the European Commission’s Representation in Northern Ireland. In 1996 she joined the newly-formed Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, and in 1998 was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, where she held the office of deputy speaker. She is also a former deputy chief commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. From 2013 to 2015 she was Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.
See our facebook event here.