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June 2016

Cities@Manchester invite staff to EU referendum discussions

(5 June 2016)

Humanities staff are encouraged to book a place promptly to ensure attendance at either of the following two meetings which will discuss the upcoming EU referendum from both Manchester and north of England perspectives. The events have been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of its 'UK in a Changing Europe' programme to conduct new research on the relationship between Northern city-regional economies and the European economy.

Greater Manchester and Brexit: prospects for industry, growth and local economic resilience. Open to academics.

Wednesday 15 June, 1.30-3.00pm, with lunch at 12.30pm.

Venue: Room G.045, Dover Street Building

Delegates including business representatives, policymakers, researchers and academics are invited to discuss the EU’s role in local and regional northern economic development strategies. The event will consider how ‘Brexit’ would affect Greater Manchester and northern regional economies in the context of new devolved governance arrangements, and will look at a range of post-referendum scenarios.

Keynote speakers include Colin Talbot, Professor of Government, The University of Manchester


The EU Referendum, Brexit and the North of England – Manchester public debate. Open to all.

Wednesday 15 June, 7.30pm – 9pm

The Engine Hall, People's History Museum

Colleagues are also invited to attend a free public debate to discuss the impact of 'Brexit' on the North of England. Participants will listen to a panel discuss key questions, hear arguments for remaining in the EU and for leaving, and put their questions to the panel.

The panel will include:

  • Lisa Nandy MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Wigan and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change;
  • David Davis MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden,
  • Will Hutton, political economist, commentator and author
  • Mike Emmerich, founding director of Metro Dynamics and a key figure in the Manchester devolution deal.


The debate has been organised by Cities@Manchester at The University of Manchester and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield, and is supported by the ESRC's 'The UK in a Changing Europe' programme.