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York Professionals gear up for a spirited brexit debate tonight

York Minster

2:33pm 20th March 2017

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With the triggering of Article 50 now imminent, the stage is set for York businesses to discuss the impact of Brexit and the future for business in the area.

Tonight (20th March), York Professionals will bring together a panel representing the city’s businesses, politicians and academics at York Science Park to discuss what’s in store for the local economy as Britain begins its move out of the EU.

The event follows last year’s popular York Professionals EU Referendum debate, bringing many of the 2016 panel back together to talk about what’s changed since the Brexit vote, look at how it is impacting on North Yorkshire businesses and hear the outlook of business owners.

Chaired by Minster FM's news editor David Dunning, the panel comprises

City of York Council’s Cllr Stephen Fenton;

CEO of the Webcertain Group, Andy Atkins-Kruger;

Lupton Fawcett director Andrew Lindsay;

and Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York, Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou.

City of York Council Chief Executive Mary Weastell will open the event with an overview of where we are now, before handing over to the panel discussion, which will also be streamed live on Minster FM Facebook.

Dr Vasilopoulu will bring statistics and predictions to the table based on her current research project.

Mr Atkins-Kruger will join the panel via live link from the USA, to discuss how he wasted no time following the leave vote last summer to relocate himself, his family and a number of staff to Barcelona.

Cllr Fenton made a strong business case for a remain vote in 2016, and Mr Lindsay is a staunch leave voter who will bring an alternative perspective on a post-Brexit future for local businesses.

York Professionals chair Anne Taylor says it promises to be a lively and interesting evening:

“Our panel represents both leave and remain voters, people with the stats at their fingertips, and others who have made significant changes to their businesses and lives since the referendum.

With plenty of opportunities for the audience to ask questions and share their views, too - either in person or via Facebook – we are anticipating a spirited debate!”

Brexit: The Next Steps will take place at The Innovation Centre, York Science Park 

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