Date of release: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gus O'Donnell, the distinguished former top civil servant and economist, will be discussing 'Making Brexit Work'. During his career Lord O'Donnell has held office as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, serving under three Prime Ministers between 2005 and 2011. He was made a life peer in 2012 and sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.

The lecture will be live streamed and can be viewed via:

https://www.gre.ac.uk/live

The lecture will include a Q&A session.

Lord O'Donnell is the last of four distinguished speakers tackling the issues arising from Brexit. The series asks fundamental questions, such as how the UK can prosper outside the European Union, and what, post-Brexit, the main principles for our foreign and security policy should be. 

The joint host of the lecture series is Sir Leigh Lewis, Former Permanent Secretary at the Department of Work and Pensions, and Visiting Fellow in the university's Business School.

He says: "The UK appears to be at a fundamental crossroads. Will we indeed prosper as a newly liberated and independent trading nation as the Brexiteers say? Or will we be condemned for a generation or more to be an increasingly impoverished offshore island, waning in power and influence, as many remainers believe?"

Jon Sibson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the university's Business School, adds: "The United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union in 2019. That much is clear. The transitional arrangements and, more importantly, the long-term relationship between the UK and the EU remain to be settled."

https://www.gre.ac.uk/campaigns/devcom/brexit-lectures

Media are able to view via the live broadcast link or pre-register to attend in person.