Kathy Corcoran | November 10, 2019
LONDON — After three years of wrangling, it’s no longer clear if Brexit will happen at all.
A startling statement, perhaps. But that was the consensus of a group of London-based journalists, experts and members of the University of Notre Dame London Law Program, who met Wednesday night (Nov. 6) to discuss the future of Britain.
The group was led by Michael Addo, London Law Program director, with remarks from Marcus Cole, Notre Dame Law School dean. Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan was also in attendance, along with journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, CBS News and other media outlets.
The event was designed to introduce international journalists to the Notre Dame Gateway and Notre Dame London Law Program in conjunction with the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday (Nov. 7). Each semester, Notre Dame in London draws, on average, 140 undergraduate and 30 law students seeking study abroad. The school is staffed by adjuncts in London and professors from the main campus who visit for a semester to teach.
“Having lived and covered Brexit for three years, it was great to be in a room with so many perspectives, and to realize that the questions regarding Brexit are still unanswered,” said Susana Seijas, a freelance producer who works for PBS Newshour and Mira Studio in Chicago.
“It was a very useful forum to discuss some very perplexing issues.”
One of those issues is that Brits continue to have little to no understanding of what it would mean in their lives to leave the European Union. The most optimistic supporters want out from under the yoke of continental regulation and want to see the U.K. become a lightly regulated business state like Singapore or Switzerland. Naysayers see trouble with trade, tariffs and a drop in standard of living. The cost of limbo so far has been a 30 percent drop in the real estate market, according to one panelist, and an unprecedented lack of trust on the part of the people toward their elected officials, another pointed out.
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