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The Day After [Brexit]: Rebuilding an Enduring Relationship for these Islands

18 Oct
Dr Steve Aiken, Chief Whip of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), a Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Antrim in Northern Ireland, and UUP party spokesperson on Brexit and Finance, will be speaking at UCC this evening (October 18).

Lecture with Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA - Chief Whip Ulster Unionist Party, Brexit and Finance Spokesperson: 3 to 4 pm this afternoon (Thursday, October 18) at the CACSSS Seminar Room, (Room G27) in the O’Rahilly Building, UCC. All welcome, no registration necessary.

The Department of Government and Politics at UCC is delighted to announce that Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA will deliver the first UCC Jean Monnet Lecture of the 2018/2019 academic year.

Dr Aiken is the Chief Whip of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), a Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Antrim in Northern Ireland, and UUP party spokesperson on Brexit and Finance.

Dr Aiken: “As we approach Brexit, the focus is on the shape and form of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. But regardless of the outcome of discussions, the broad political, economic and cultural consensus built up across these islands has been badly dented, if not irrevocably damaged, by the increasingly rancorous debate. It is therefore beholden that political and civic leaders look to how a new and enduring ‘All Islands’ relationship can be built, one that recognises the sharply changed dynamic, not just between the UK and Ireland, but also within the UK itself.”

Dr Mary C. Murphy Lecturer, Department of Government & Politics, UCC, notes: ‘It is important that we engage with all political traditions on the island of Ireland in seeking to understand and navigate the complex challenges which Brexit poses for future relationships within and across these islands’.

Dr Aiken, previous to holding the last Chair of the NI Assembly Economy Committee, was the founding Chief Executive of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and CEO at a major Irish University. He served for 30 years in the Royal Navy, headed up the UK Ministry of Defence Global Strategic Trends programme and worked on the UK and NATO’s security strategy. Dr Aiken is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, Kings College London and the Open University.

The UCC Jean Monnet Lecture Series is supported by the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme.

 

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Lynne Nolan, Media & PR Officer, UCC: 087 210 1119.

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