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Understanding Brexit: What Has the EU Ever Done for Us?

27th February 2017 @ 18:00 - 20:00

An open town hall event to understand ‘Brexit’ in terms of what the European Union has done for us.

Following the energy and enthusiasm we saw at last month’s event on ‘Understanding Brexit’ in terms of inequality, inclusion and social justice, we wish to continue the conversation with this event. This time we will be focusing more closely on what the EU has done for us in a city which voted, with a tiny 50.4% majority, to leave.

“What has the EU ever done for us?” aims to examine the questions of the “left outs”, “left behinds”, and non-UK European citizens that were raised in the last event. Birmingham may have received close to a billion pounds worth of investment from the EU in terms of cultural buildings (for example, ICC, NEC, Milllennium Point), social funds, and university research money, but has the Union improved the life chances of young citizens, ethnic minorities or  non-UK EU citizens living here? While popular right wing discourse attributes low employment and increasingly precarious working conditions to the phenomenon of EU movement, how has EU labour law bolstered all of our rights?

Our speakers come from a range of academic, civil society, and campaign group backgrounds and will be engaging in these debates as well sociological themes of identity and belonging, nationalism and community.


Dr Arantza Gomez Arana, Birmingham City University

Prof Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick 

Alicja Kaczmarek, Polish Expats Association

Dr Simon Roberts, University of Nottingham

George Turvey, EU in Brum, pro-Remain organisation


Prof John Holmwood, University of Nottingham


27th February 2017
18:00 - 20:00
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