Today, Luke Pollard MP has announced the full line up for his second annual 2018 Plymouth Brexit Summit. The theme of the Plymouth MP’s second annual summit is ‘How prepared is Plymouth for Brexit?’ A line-up of influential speakers across political parties from the far south west, Europe and Parliament have been confirmed.
What’s the agenda? (download pdf here)
Luke Pollard MP said:
“I’m really proud to publish the agenda for this Friday’s 2018 Plymouth Brexit Summit at Plymouth University. I wanted to make the Summit as inclusive as possible, that’s why I have organised a series of interactive panels and Q&A sessions, alongside high profile speakers giving us the view from Europe, Westminster and the far South West.
“The theme of this year’s summit is ‘How Prepared is Plymouth for Brexit?’ With so much uncertainty around our exit from the EU, this summit will give Plymouth the chance to discuss the detail of Brexit rather than rehearse the same old Brexit soundbites.”
“As well as political leaders from our region, Europe and Parliament, we will be hearing from key local stakeholders from Plymouth’s and the wider region’s businesses, trade bodies, trade unions, industries and the Universities including Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Citybus, Devon Chamber of Commerce, Brittany Ferries and many more.
With negotiations almost over, it’s vital we understand how prepared our city and our region is for Brexit. I don’t trust the Government to put Plymouth’s interests first, just look at the state of our transport links and investment compared to London. Whether you voted leave or remain, we all want a good Brexit deal for Plymouth. Come along and tell our city what your company, organisation or group needs from Brexit and how prepared you think we are. Tickets are still available and are free.”
What is the Plymouth Brexit Summit?
Following the success of the 2017 Plymouth Brexit Summit, Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, will host the 2018 Plymouth Brexit Summit on Friday, 7 September at the University of Plymouth, Roland Levinsky Lecture Theatre from 9.30am – 3.30pm.
The theme of the 2018 Plymouth Brexit Summit is ‘How Prepared is Plymouth and the far South West for Brexit?’. With the possibility of the UK crashing out of the EU without a trade deal, Luke wants to prompt debate in the clarity about how we can best prepare for the possible scenarios around Brexit.
Where can I sign up?
Tickets are available for general admission and for delegates via https://helmtickets.com/events/2198/2018-plymouth-brexit-summit .
Who is speaking?
The cross-party event will be opened by local Labour MP, Luke Pollard, with Labour and Green Party South West and Gibraltar MEP’s Claire Moody and Molly Scott Cato sharing their views from Europe.
Labour Member of Parliament for Aberavon, Stephen Kinnock, who sits on Parliament’s influential Exiting the European Union Select Committee will be giving a keynote speech with the view from Westminster.
Sharing their views from the far south west will be Conservative Member of Parliament for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, and Labour Member of Parliament for Exeter, Ben Bradshaw.
Local Southway Cllr Jonny Morris will share his views from Plymouth in his capacity as Chair of the Plymouth City Council Brexit, Infrastructure and Legislative Change Committee.
A final section titled ‘Brexit, what next?’ will feature co-founder of Our Future; Our Choice, Femi Oluwole joined by the former Social Media Manager of the pro-Leave Women for Britain group, Sarah-Jane Sewell to debate the future of Brexit.
What else is happening on the day?
As well as talks from key political voices in the far south west, Europe and Westminster, a large part of the day features interactive Q&A sessions, allowing for audience participation.
The first Q&A Panel focuses on Community, Health and Young People, featuring Chief Executive of the Real Ideas Organisation, Lindsey Hall joined by representatives from the University of Plymouth and local health care officials.
The second panel titled ‘Jobs and Trade’ and will feature Devon Chamber of Commerce Director, Linda Middleton-Jones, Richard Stevens of Plymouth Citybus and John Napton of Brittany Ferries to discuss how prepared Plymouth is from a business perspective.
The National Farmers’ Union Devon County Advisor, Andrew Butler, will be joined by Jackie Young of Environment Plymouth, Luke Pollard MP in his new role as Shadow Environment Minister and Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Neil Parish MP on a panel discussing Environment, Fishing and Farming.
How can I get involved?
If you haven’t already signed up, there’s plenty of places still available and tickets are completely free at https://helmtickets.com/events/…/2018-plymouth-brexit-summit
The 2018 Plymouth Brexit Summit will be held on Friday, 7 September at the University of Plymouth, Roland Levinsky Lecture Theatre from 9.30am – 3.30pm.