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THB that Leaving the EU Without an Exit and Trade Deal Would Benefit the UK

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Motion: This House Believes that Leaving the European Union Without a Negotiated Exit and Trade Deal Would Benefit the United Kingdom

The Richard Austen Butler Debating Society invites you to debate the outcome of the Brexit negotiations with guest speakers John Flack MEP and Daniel Zeichner MP.

The Prime Minister made a breakthrough in the first phase of negotiations, reaching agreement on the rights of EU & UK citizens; no hard border with Ireland and; an estimated high of a £39 billion financial settlement, thereby unlocking talks on the transition arrangements and preliminary trade talks.

However, "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed" amidst continued tensions between negotiating parties; the EU unable to finalise a trade deal until the UK has left the bloc; and the EU member states, European and UK parliaments all needing to ratify the final decisions.

What concessions are either side prepared to accept? Under what terms should Britain walk away?

As the first debate of 2018, the Society's standard debating format will be in effect. A vote will be called to gauge opinion. The speakers will then have 10 minutes each to make their opening statements before offering retorts to cross-examine each other's positions for 15 minutes. The floor will then be given to members and guests who will have the opportunity to ask questions about what they will have heard for 15 further minutes. The speakers will then have 5 minutes each to summarise their closing arguments to draw the debate to a close. A vote will then be taken to carry the motion.

The location in Saffron Walden will be disclosed to registered attendees closer to the event.

If you are not a member but wish to attend, a small £1.00 charge will be levied in order to meet the Society's venue hire costs so that we can keep providing a forum for debating and public speaking.

Alternatively, e-mail us at rabdebating@outlook.com to find out more about membership!

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  1. John Flack MEP, East of England (Conservative)

John is the East of England's newest representative following forty years experience in business and property investment. He is an outspoken campaigner on animal welfare issues and sits on the European Parliament's Internal Market, Fisheries, and Regional Development committees.

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  1. Daniel Zeichner MP, Cambridge (Labour)

Daniel has represented Cambridge since the 2015 General Election and previously served as a Shadow Transport Minister before resigning to vote for an amendment to keep Britain in the single market. Describing himself as a "socialist in a modern context," he has served several terms on Labour's National Policy Forum.

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