12 June 2017
Brexit impact

​Charities and voluntary organisations in Northamptonshire, as well as the public, are being given the opportunity to have their say on post-Brexit Britain at a special event.

Brexit and Civil Society is the second in a series of three events examining the potential impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Organised by the University of Northampton Students’ Union Rotaract Club, together with Northamptonshire County Council, the event follows on from the hugely successful first event in March, which examined Brexit’s impact on jobs and prosperity.

The second instalment will explore the impact of Brexit on the community and community relations, the third and charity sector, the demand for and delivery of social services, immigration and cross-cultural integration.

The evening will include a Question Time-style session, with the audience interacting with a panel which will include:

  • Suzanne McDonald-Walker, the University’s Senior Lecturer in International Relations & Politics
  • Mike Britton, founder of Goodwill Solutions CIC
  • Dominic Hopkins, partner of Hewitsons LLP law firm
  • Victoria Miles, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Community Foundation
  • Cllr Heather Smith, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council

BBC Radio Northampton presenter John Griff will be question master for the evening.

It promises to be a lively as well as highly topical debate, part of a major ‘listening and learning’ research project being undertaken in the county by the University following the EU Referendum vote last June.

Rotaract president, Sarah Crooks, an International Business undergraduate, said:


“As with the first debate, our aim is to provide a non-partisan platform for the third sector and wider community to express their views, hopes, fears and aspirations about Brexit.

“This will help us understand better the public's mood and inform policy and perhaps highlight issues for further research.”

Brexit and Civil Society takes place in the Council Chamber at County Hall, George Row, Northampton, on Thursday 22 June, from 5:45pm to 8:00pm.

The event is free to attend, but as places are limited, attendees must register in advance via the website:

Register now

There will be the chance to submit questions for the panel prior to the event.