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QMUL Mile End Institute to launch with a debate on the future of the United Kingdom

Monday 12 January 2015


Can the United Kingdom survive without changing its constitution? This critical question will be posed to a high-profile panel of commentators and politicians on Monday 2 March, at the launch of the QMUL Mile End Institute.

Speakers at the debate include:

  • David Davis MP
  • Lord Peter Hennessy
  • Baroness Onora O’Neill

The panel will be chaired by Allegra Stratton, Political Editor of BBC's Newsnight. According to Professor Michael Kenny, Director of the QMUL Mile End Institute, the debate is designed to frame and analyse “one of the most constitutionally pressing and politically fraught questions of our time”.

“It is by no means certain that the constitutional status quo will survive beyond the next Parliament. Our political system is grappling awkwardly with the ‘Pandora’s box’ effect of the Scottish referendum, a highly-charged debate on English devolution, and an increasingly uncertain relationship with Europe,” said Professor Kenny.

You can reserve your place here

  • The event opens at 6.30pm, 2 March 2015, the Octagon, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London
  • This is a free, public event. Tickets are issued on a first-come-first served basis and early booking is advised
  • A drinks reception, to which all attendees are invited, will follow the main event

About the Mile End Institute

The QMUL Mile End Institute, led by Professor Michael Kenny, is a major new policy centre based at Queen Mary University of London. Its mission is to deepen and challenge public understanding of the crises facing our systems of politics and governance, and to promote a richer debate about public policy issues and the UK’s role within the wider world.

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