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The Edmund Lecture Series 2017-18

A lecture by Dr Tom Quinn (University of Essex)

University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College are excited to announce a brand new public lecture series with speakers covering a wide range of topics. For further information call 01284 716341 or email 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018,
18:00 to 19:00
E1.01 Suffolk House, West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RL

Dr Tom Quinn (University of Essex) presents 'Is there a Mandate for Brexit? The EU Referendum and Parliamentary Sovereignty'

The United Kingdom’s EU referendum of 2016 resulted in a narrow victory for the ‘Leave’ campaign but it was quickly followed by a fierce debate over the legitimacy of the outcome. Critics claimed that the referendum was not binding on the government, and that parliament should decide whether or not Britain left in the EU. Others pointed out that the details of what would come after Brexit were not available to voters and that they should have another say on the matter in either a general election or a second referendum. This talk explores these points, and others, to establish what is meant by the notion of a ‘mandate’, and what type of mandate for Brexit the referendum gave the government, and whether that mandate stills exists.