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Roundtable “Brexit: What happened and what’s next?”

September 23, 2016 at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Location:Senate Room, 6th floor, Room 608 Robertson Hall

CES is pleased to host the roundtable, “Brexit: What happened and what’s next?”

The Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom this past June resulted in a decision that the UK should leave the European Union (EU). This vote has thrown Europe into uncharted territory. Combined with economic challenges and the refugee crisis, the Brexit vote has fed uncertainty about public support for the European integration project and about future prospects for the EU more generally.

This roundtable brings together Canadian experts to examine the meaning of these developments. The first panel will by explore why the “Leave” vote won, the risks and opportunities that referendums pose, and implications of the vote for Britain’s political party system. In a second panel, speakers will focus on political, economic, and legal implications of Brexit for the EU itself and also consider whether Brexit is likely to have an economic impact on Canada.

Draft Agenda (as of August 24)

11:30AM-12:00PM   A complimentary light lunch will be served.

12:00PM-1:30PM      Panel 1: The Brexit vote and the politics of referendums

Chair: Jon Pammett (Carleton University)


Harold Clarke (University of Texas at Dallas) – “Explaining the Brexit Vote”

Larry LeDuc (University of Toronto) – “Brexit and the Future of Referendums”

William Cross (Carleton University) – “The UK Party System, Party Leadership and Brexit”

1:35PM-3:05PM        Panel 2: Implications of Brexit for the EU and Europe

Chair: Joan DeBardeleben (Carleton University)


Achim Hurrelmann (Carleton University) – “Implications of Brexit for EU Politics”

Martha O’Brien (University of Victoria) – “Legal Aspects”

Patrick Leblond (University of Ottawa) – “Economic Implications for the EU and Implications for Canada”

3:05PM-3:15PM        Concluding remarks

This event is supported by Carleton University and in part, by a grant from the European Union.