The UK joined the European Economic Community (the Common Market) in1973, after having earlier applications for membership rejected twice by Frenchveto. On the 23 June 2016, in a UK referendum, the electorate voted by 52% to 48% in favour of leaving the European Union. This event has triggered BREXIT, the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The UK is likely to leave the European Union in 2019, after 46 years of membership. This is an outcome which has proved divisive both within the UK and the EU. The subjectof Brexit is intense, uncertain, unpredictable and with fresh questions emergingon a regular basis. This presentation offers the candid views of a remain vote ron and the answers to the most frequently asked questions on BREXIT:
1. Why did the UK hold a referendum over its membership of the EU?
2. Why did the Leave Campaign win the referendum?
3. What were the immediate consequences of the BREXIT vote and will theypersist?
4. What does the UK Government White Paper tell us about BREXIT?
5. How strong is the UK negotiating team for BREXIT?
6. What is the position of the EU on BREXIT?
7. How long will it take to negotiate a post BREXIT world?
8. What are the likely implications of BREXIT for (1) the UK constitutionand (2) the UK economy?
9. What are the likely implications of BREXIT for the future EU?
The answers to these questions reveal the complexity and dynamic of policymaking by accident rather than by design. They also reinforce the contemporarypreoccupation with identity as a political force in which rationality in politicaland economic planning is severely challenged by the forces of emotion.
Participants: Irvine Lapsley. Irvine Lapsley is Professor in Accounting at
University of Edinburgh Business School. He is also Director of the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Research. He specialises in public sector accounting and has undertaken research into financial planning and control across the public sector in projects funded by ESRC, Leverhulme, EU, ICAS, CIMA. Irvine has advised major public sector bodies in the NHS and in both local and central government, and major charities and has been a member of the Accounting Standards Board’s Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee, and of the Public Sector Committee of ICAS. He was Chair of the Scientific Committee, EIASM Public Sector Conference and is Co-chair of the EIASM Research Workshop on Third Sector. He is also Editor of Financial Accountability & Management.