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Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) is a monthly event where people can meet and discuss science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking. At each event a speaker is invited to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. There are now about 50 towns and cities throughout the UK & Ireland hosting Skeptics in the Pub events.

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Please note: Events at the Elephant & Castle take place in an upstairs room and unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.

The Implications of party policy post-Brexit.

UK Trade Policy Observatory

Friday, December 6 2019 at 7:30PM

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UK Trade Policy Observatory

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Lewes Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) is back for a one-off pre-election special!

On Friday 6th December 2019 in the function room of the Royal Oak, Lewes, we will be hosting members of the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO) who will be explaining the implications of Brexit trade policies under the proposed withdrawal agreement and proposals from each of the main political parties as they are currently understood. The event starts at 7:30pm and will conclude around 9:30pm.

The UK Trade Policy Observatory is a partnership between University of Sussex and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (commonly known as Chatham House). It was created following the referendum result in June 2016 with a remit to support the development of new trade policies in the post-Brexit era. The UK Trade Policy Observatory is uniquely positioned to comment on and provide analysis of trade policy proposals in the wake of Brexit.

The format for the evening will be slightly different from normal SitP events. After a brief review from each of the contributors, we will enter an open discussion with contributions from the floor welcomed and appreciated.

Note:Tickets for this event are ONLY available from Eventbrite (linked here).


The UKTPO contributors will be as follows:

L. Alan Winters. Alan is Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex and Director of the UKTPO. He has formerly been Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development and Division Chief for Trade and then Director of the Research Group at the World Bank. He has published over 240 articles and chapters, mostly on international trade.


Peter Holmes. Peter did his BA and PhD in Economics at Cambridge University. He has taught at Sussex since 1974 but also been a visitor at the University of British Columbia and a visiting lecturer in the College of Europe (Bruges and Warsaw) and in France. He is a specialist in European Economic Integration and other global public policy issues, including the EU's relations with the WTO. He has written reports for the European Commission and the World Bank. He works with the Sussex European Institute and is an Associate Fellow of the Science Policy Research Unit. 


Julia Magntorn Garrett. Julia is a Research Officer in the Economics of Brexit for the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex. She previously worked in the Government Economic Service, and her research interests are in international trade and trade policy. She holds a BSc in Economics and is currently studying towards an MSc in Economics, both from the University of Sussex.


Alasdair Smith. Alasdair was a professor of economics and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex. He is a noted international economist whose studies have been used by the European Union. He became a Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission in 2012 and was then an Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority from 2014 to 2017. He is now a member of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and a Senior Adviser at the Payment Systems Regulator.



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