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BREXIT AND THE BORDER:
Enhancing policymakers' understanding of the implications of Brexit for economic development and government in the North of England and the South of Scotland
EF building, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Thursday 18th May 2017
It is widely recognised that the implications of the decision taken on 23rd June 2016 by the UK to leave the European Union will be profound. Whilst discussion and speculation of the consequences for the UK as a whole and for Scotland have been extensive, there has been little debate on the implications at a regional and local level, especially within England. The announcement of a second Scottish independence referendum for late 2018 or early 2019 confirms the significance of these developments and their ongoing ramifications.
The Universities of Cumbria, Heriot-Watt and Northumbria are hosting a series of one-day seminars to look at the implications of Brexit for the regions that adjoin the Anglo-Scottish Border. The first event in the series was in Carlisle in early March and this second seminar brings together a range of experts from academia, industry, policy and community to debate:
- The implications for economic development in Scotland, particularly in the South of Scotland, and both north and south of the border;
- The consequences for public and private sector relationships across the Anglo-Scottish Border.
With the strong vote for “Remain” in Scotland contrasting with the “Leave” vote in the “far north” of England, there is a need to understand the implications for both sides of the border of these quite different attitudes to the European Union. Scotland is pursuing a strategy of trying to retain open links with the rest of the Single Market to protect farming, fishing and financial sectors with a quite different approach to past and future migrants from Europe. In this context, the north of England may become increasingly marginalised by being situated between a Northern Powerhouse focused on major investment in the cities on the M62 corridor and further moves towards independence for Scotland.
In these circumstances, what are the strategies of the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to manage the threats and challenges of BREXIT? What are the likely impacts of BREXIT for the Scottish economy, trade and employment? What are the opportunities for Scottish businesses and what supports do they require? How will BREXIT impact on relative levels of public and private investment in the borderlands? What are the implications for the design and delivery of a future regional policy within Scotland and the “far North” of England? What are the likely consequences of BREXIT for key sectors in the Borderlands economy including agriculture, forestry, tourism and renewable energy? How will BREXIT affect the propensity for collaboration and competition across the Anglo-Scottish Border in both the public and private sectors?
Speakers and Panellists will include:
- Michael Russell, MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe
- Professor Graeme Roy, Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde
- Douglas Scott, Senior Policy Advisor, Scottish Borders Council
- Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, Business for Scotland
- Professor Mike Danson, Heriot-Watt University
- Amanda Burgauer, Chair, Scottish Rural Action
- Steven Thomson, Land Economy, Environment and Society, SRUC
- Alison Johnstone, MSP, Lothian Region
- Leaza McSorley, Chair RSA Scotland
The issues surrounding BREXIT are without precedent. The process is hugely complex and outcomes are uncertain in a fast-changing policy environment. As a consequence, there is considerable need for extensive debate to gather opinion and different perspectives from public, private, voluntary and community sectors. The purpose of attending will be:
- To increase understanding of the consequences of BREXIT for Scotland, the South of Scotland and for the North East of England and Cumbria.
- To listen to, and challenge, expert opinion from a range of academics, industrialists and policymakers.
- To expose thinking to others who may have different ideas on how to interpret and manage the regional effects of BREXIT.
- To improve understanding of the possible effects of BREXIT on different sectors of the economy.
- To participate in an open debate about issues that are likely to have a profound effect on Scotland the North of England and in future.
Who should attend:
The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative aims to encourage debate that is easily accessible to a wide range of organisations, actors and members of the public who are interested in the UK’s relationship with the EU. We would therefore welcome participation from:
- Managers of large and small businesses
- Leaders of business support agencies
- Executives of development agencies
- Local Government Officers and Elected Members
- Journalists and representatives of the media
- Leaders of non-governmental organisations
- Heads of educational institutions
- Representatives from community and voluntary groups
Professor Mike Danson, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University.
Dr Gail Mulvey, University of Cumbria who will be coordinating the collation of the debates and discussions of the day in preparation for the final report and feeding back outputs to the ESRC, academia and civic society.
The seminar is FREE to attend. Refreshments and buffet lunch will be provided.
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