The Business of Brexit

Press release! Eamon Butler, director of the free-market think tank the Adam Smith Institute will be coming to give a talk on Brexit on Thursday 1st June. Keep an eye out for more information soon!

The Business of Brexit Grand Challenge explores how businesses can maximise the opportunities and reduce the costs of Britain being due to leave the EU in 2019, including considering the impacts on higher education. Check out the 'Week' tab for more information!

The enquiry groups you will be able to choose from are likely to include, but probably not limited to, the topics below. During this challenge you will explore and answer these questions and present your findings. Keep checking back here to find updates on visiting speakers and activities!

In March 2017 we welcomed Chris Huhne, former Energy Secretary, who gave a fascinating talk on the future of Brexit. More events to come! 

During Grand Challenges week, you will work in sub-groups, each looking at a different aspect of Brexit. Students' Guild President Toby Gladwin and Vice President for Activities Tristan Gatward will be leading an investigation on how leaving the EU will affect higher education, using Exeter as a case study.

We will be hosting a range of expert visiting speakers including an upcoming talk from Eamon Butler, director of the free-market think tank the Adam Smith Institute on 1st of June. More details to come! The former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne gave a fascinating talk on 13th of March that was reviewed by the University news!Leading academics from the University of Exeter will also be participating, including Christina Dargenidou looking into Brexit and Exporting, Kevin McMeeking considering Brexit and the City, John Maloney covering Brexit Opportunities and Costs and Claudio Radaelli looking at Brexit and Politics.

Summarise the post Brexit debate on the consequences for firms with reference to exporting goods and services and contribute to the debate with your own research. To what extent do FTSE100 (FTSE250) companies depend on trade with EU and non-EU geographic areas in terms of exports? Have companies shifted their export strategy? How so? Do those movements denote a trend to avoid possible adverse Brexit consequences? Has dependence from exports to EU/ non EU countries worked for firms’ revenues given the sterling devaluation? Lead academic Christina Dargenidou.

Led by Professor John Maloney from the Business School, this enquiry group considers the following:

The economic forecasts of the long-term benefits and costs of Brexit are mainly about its effect on trade. Why are different forecasts so far apart? How many versions of Brexit are actually going to be on offer? Which one should business prefer? Does the answer depend on the kind of business? How should they put pressure on the government to get a better chance of getting their desired version? Issues here would include free immigration from the EU, the degrees of withdrawal from the single market, stay or leave the customs union (and the kind of trade agreements we should seek with the rest of the world if we do leave the customs union), what to do about non-tariff barriers etc.

Leaving the EU will give Britain the chance to amend European laws affecting business, such as equality legislation and working time directives. We will be asking what if any changes should be made now that we have the opportunity. Lead academic Sarah Cooper.

How should the financial sector plan for reduced access to the single market, and how should it aim to keep this access as great as possible? Lead academic Kevin McMeeking.

Students' Guild President Toby Gladwin and Vice President for Activities Tristan Gatward will be leading an investigation on how leaving the EU will affect higher education, using Exeter as a case study. Professor John Maloney will act as the academic lead on this enquiry group.

Using Exeter university as a case study, this enquiry group also asks whether it will be harder for students from the EU to come here? What would be the consequences for the economy and how should the university best deal with it?