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      November 30, 2019

      Saturday  12:45 PM

      67 Westgate Road
      Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1SG

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      The Great [Brexit] Debate

      Brexit never seems to be over; it never seems to be resolved; and the movements catalysed around it never seem to be able to meet. In our modern age Brexit has generated stark resistance and ardent support: why might this be the case? Is Brexit unearthing something below the surface, or is it representing old problems now exacerbated by the modern age? All of this will be discussed at The Great (Brexit) Debate. It is this we want to discuss for a half day event on the 30th of November, from 12:45 to 16:30. We aim to provide a space for the proponents of multiple sides of the argument to have their voices heard, and present their case for the philosophical and political underpinnings of their beliefs. The positions presented will come from three starkly different positions on the spectrum (one Remainer, one Brexiter and someone in the middle) where their ideas will be showcased, interrogated and open to wider discourse in close proximity. The event will close with a panel that opens the space to the floor for the general public and allows these speakers to respond to each other. This will respond to the issues that we have brought out in the individual speakers’ positions and give space for the audience to get involved – to open out the discourse and get people talking about this together.   Refreshments will be provided as part of your ticket fee (tees, coffees and biscuits).   Our speakers: -Claire Fox:              Claire was a member of the revolutionary communist party for 20 years, before becoming a libertarian. She runs the largest debate platform in the UK (The Battle of Ideas) every year and is now a member of the Brexit Party. Her career spans from student activism from Warwick University to presenting a Nuanced case for Brexit in the modern age. -Philip Armstrong:              Philip is a member of a new discipline in Economics called MMT (modern monetary theory). The proponents of this belief argue that wider neo-classical economics has abandoned the modern age, and is actively doing harm to those in need throughout the western world. This becomes pertinent because the Maastricht’s Treaty, which is one founding document of the EU, bans their policy proposals. Philip is distinct in this field as actually supporting the EU project himself, but with a “lukewarm” response as they are the very institution stopping people from being free to enact good economic policy. His position is then in the middle, and deeply nuanced. -Tom Hancock:              Tom was recently given the local nomination for the Liberal Democrat candidateship for the Berwick upon Tweed constituency. Along with ardent support for the EU he has also worked extensively in recent months to spend time on the doorsteps of our region to discuss these issues in the wider area. As a remain activist he goes into regions of the north east, which are leave by a vast majority, to discuss these positions. We are proud that all three speakers have agreed to this event, and aim to give them the space to be heard individually.   Event Organisers: -Hannes Ingo Torbohm – Warwick University MA Continental Philosophy Student and activist for economic and political change in our modern epoch. He has worked with organisations like Newcastle University, the Newcastle Philosophical Society, BiggBooks, the Philosophical Society of England and many more in recent years pushing for a reform in how society thinks about larger issues. He is a Remainer but is deeply sympathetic to elements of the Leave vote. -Caspar Hewett – Newcastle University Lecturer, chair of The Great Debate, and supporter of wider discussion platforms. He has worked with some of the biggest names in philosophy (Timothy Williamson, Raymond Tallis, etc.) to put on events in the Newcastle area, and has been a constant supporter of wider projects. He is a leaver as he believes that the British people for a long time have not been given the space to express their positions and sees Brexit as a positive moment for change.   Sponsors: - The Great Debate: They are a community organisation that has maintained a space for public debate in the north-east for over twenty years exploring key issues in our modern times. The Great Debate has run over 100 events in partnership with bodies including the Great North Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, Discovery Museum, Royal College of Art and the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland, attracting nationally and internationally known speakers, most recently including Professor Raymond Tallis and Professor Timothy Williamson: -The North East Humanists: A group that runs a varied lecture course of their own, and often support other events in the region:

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