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Tuesday 3rd May

"Brexit: The Economic Arguments For and Against"


Charles Grant and Andrew Lilico

With the crucial referendum on Britain's membership of the EU due to be held on 23rd June, we've invited two of the best qualified economists on this issue to argue the economic case for and against "Brexit". A lot of misinformation has been spread by both sides of the argument, but our two experts will cut to the heart of the matter at this debate.


Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1LR

6.30pm: Drinks and Networking
7.00pm: Talk start
7.30pm: Q&A
8.00pm: Finish



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About the Speakers

Charles Grant helped to found the Centre for European Reform in 1996. He works on, among other subjects, EU foreign and defence policy, Russia, China, the euro and global governance. After studying modern history at Cambridge University, Charles took a diploma in French politics at Grenoble University. Returning to London, Grant joined Euromoney, the financial magazine, in 1981. He moved to The Economist in 1986, where he wrote about the City. In 1989 The Economist posted Charles to Brussels, to cover the European Community, and in 1993 Charles returned to The Economist’s London office, soon becoming defence editor. He was a director and trustee of the British Council from 2002 to 2008. He is a member of the international advisory boards of the Moscow School of Civic Education, the Turkish think-tank EDAM and the French think-tank Terra Nova. He is a vice chairman of Business for New Europe. In 2004 he became a chevalier of France’s Ordre Nationale du Mérite, and in 2013 a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) "for services to European and wider international policy-making".

Andrew Lilico is a Principal at Europe Economics, a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Chairman of Economists for Britain and Chairman of the IEA/Sunday Times Monetary Policy Committee. As Chief Economist of Policy Exchange from 2009-10 he produced what the BBC has described as the "essential theory" behind the Coalition's initial deficit reduction strategy. At Europe Economics he has worked extensively on major finance and regulatory questions, including for clients such as the European Commission, UK government departments and regulators, industry associations and large firms. He is a frequent contributor in the UK and international media on economic and financial matters, including on programmes such as Newsnight, the Today Programme, Sky News, CNBC and Bloomberg. His first degree was from St John's College, Oxford and his doctorate from University College, London, where he also lectured in macroeconomics and in monetary theory.

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