Brexit: Recovery of Sovereignty or Loss of Rights?

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Was Brexit (the 2016 referendum) argued on the basis of accurate information fairly presented? Slogans were, and may always be, better at gathering votes. With the reality of Brexit a few months away, a sober look at what we actually gain or lose is needed in two areas: What is sovereignty of an island like our own?

Could we draw a line round the coast line (and the Irish border) and contain and control all that is inside? And what of rights within that line? Can they all be home grown and nationally defined? Are we indeed an island?

Prior to the referendum, on 26th May 2016, we hosted a debate chaired by Sir Richard Evans with Daniel Hodson and Matthew Elliott on the Leave side and Sir Geoffrey Nice QC and Dominic Grieve QC MP on the Remain side.

 

You can watch that debate here:

https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/eu-debate-should-the-uk-leave-or-remain-panel-discussion

 

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This event was on Tue, 09 Oct 2018

Geoffrey Nice

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

Professor of Law

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971. He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia.

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