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Brexit: The Future of Our Economy

28 Feb 2017

Due to unforeseen circimstances, unfortunately Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics, SOAS,  is no longer able to participate

Faiza Shaheen, director of the Class think tank, chairs a panel discussion addressing the economic impact of Brexit. Speakers include Ann Pettifor, director of PRIME Economics, who predicted the financial crisis in 2006, leading tax expert Richard Murphy and human rights worker Gracie Mae Bradley (Migrants’ Rights Network).

Now that Article 50 has passed through Parliament and the road to Brexit is open, what is going to happen to our economy? It has become clear that the long-term economic costs to leaving the EU contradict the promises made to people who feel ‘left behind’ by globalisation. The trade-off between economic losses and political sovereignty is unavoidable. Bankers are threatening to leave the City of London, but does this mean we can take back control of the financial system? What will happen if UK becomes a tax haven? Is the economy being sacrificed for restrictions on immigration, nationalism and market capitalism?

How we can save the economy from the bankers? What role does immigration play in the future negotiations for Brexit? What will happen to workers’ rights without EU protection? And ultimately, who controls Britain? These are just some of the questions addressed here by this esteemed panel.

Presented in partnership with Class and Verso

Speaker biographies

  • Gracie Mae Bradley

    Gracie Mae Bradley is a human rights worker and sometime writer. She is a Project Manager at the Migrants' Rights Network and also helps coordinate the Against Borders for Children campaign.

  • Costas Lapavitsas

    Costas Lapavitsas is a professor of economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a former Syriza MP. He is a member of Research on Money and Finance (RMF). He was the lead author of the RMF reports published by Verso as Crisis in the Eurozone. His previous publications include Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit and Political Economy of Money and Finance and Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All.

  • Richard Murphy

    Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant and has been described as the architect of ‘Corbynomics’. In 2015, he became Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University, London. He is author of Dirty Secrets: How Tax Havens Destroy the Economy, The Joy of Tax and The Courageous State, and co-author of Tax Havens.

  • Ann Pettifor

    Ann Pettifor is the Director of Prime (Policy Research in Macroeconomics), an Honorary Research Fellow at City University, and a Fellow of the New Economics Foundation. She has an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. She is known for her leadership of the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which resulted in massive debt cancellation for more than thirty countries. She has served on the board of the UN Development Report and in 2015 was invited onto the economic advisory board of the British Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn. She is the author of The Production of Money, The Real World Economic Outlook and The Coming First World Debt Crisis and co-author of The Green New Deal and The Economic Consequences of Mr Osborne.

  • Faiza Shaheen

    Dr Faiza Shaheen is an economist, writer, activist and commentator and the Director of Class (Centre for Labour and Social Studies) think-tank. Prior to this, she was Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children UK, where she led on the development of a new global campaign on inequalities in child outcomes, and Senior Researcher on economic inequality at the New Economics Foundation (NEF).


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