Leader of the Liberal Democrats to speak on post EU referendum plans

8 November 2016

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, will be speaking as guest of honour at Canterbury Christ Church University on Tuesday, 22 November 2016.

The event, hosted by the University’s Politics and International Relations programme, will see Tim speak on the party’s post EU referendum vision.

The Liberal Democrats campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Union during June’s referendum, and are now calling for Britain to remain inside the Single Market.

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Canterbury City South West, Martin Vye, said: "Canterbury and Kent have benefited hugely from being in the EU. Many universities and businesses receive funding from the EU and we need to hear how Tim would fight to make sure we get the best possible deal post-Brexit.”

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson James Flanagan, added: “We are delighted to welcome Tim to the City. Brexit has dominated the news over the last six months and this will be an excellent opportunity to hear Tim’s vision, and put questions to him.”

The evening is being sponsored by the University’s Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS) as part of its first year anniversary, as well as the successful Making Politics Matter series run by the Politics and International Relations programme to engage the local public with current political debates.

CEFEUS was launched last year, with the three-fold aim of graduate teaching, training, and community outreach on UK-European relations, via graduate degrees, bespoke workshops, and regular activities and outputs locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr Amelia Hadfield, Director of CEFEUS, said: “CEFEUS has had an exceptionally productive inaugural year. It has supported three new graduate pathways, engaged with a number of University, Canterbury and Kent-based groups in a variety of outreach activities, and worked energetically to promote an objective analysis of the challenging and fast-paced political terrain regarding the UK's relationship with Europe. 

“The next year will see CEFEUS broadening its role as a centre of excellence for teaching, training and outreach, and further support the needs of our local communities, helping them to gain a stronger understanding of the UK’s current relationships with Europe, and the EU.

“We look forward to welcoming Tim, as well as staff, students and the public to celebrate our first anniversary.”

The ticketed event is free and open to the public, commencing at 7pm, the Powell Lecture Theatre, North Holmes Road, Canterbury.

To apply for tickets, please email politics@canterbury.ac.uk.

CEEFUS is also hosting an event on Friday, 11 November 4-6pm, Old Sessions House, to review its 2016 activities, in a topical event entitled Brexit: Local Responses & National Attitudes.

Notes to editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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