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Brendan Donnelly: Will a People’s Vote on Brexit happen?

September 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Back in Stratford by popular demand after his previous talk last year, Brendan will be arguing that a ‘People’s Vote’ on any final Brexit deal is a real possibility despite the difficulties it will provoke and which lie in its path.

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Brendan’s talk comes at a critical time in the countdown to the 29th March 2019 when Britain is due to leave the European Union for good, deal or no deal. With Theresa May’s cabinet and party more divided than ever it is looking increasingly like the country is spiralling out of control towards a disastrous Brexit.

All this when there is increasing evidence from a range of sources that the tide of opinion on Brexit is turning. For example, recent research by Sir John Curtice from Strathclyde University (he who famously predicted the outcomes of the last two general elections) indicates that if there was another referendum, the majority would now be for ‘remain’.

All of which highlights the timely nature of Brendan Donnelly’s talk. Indeed anyone who cares about how Parliament is going to save the country from the greatest post-war threat now facing it from Brexit will want to know how realistic the chances are of a potentially game-changing People’s Vote.


Brendan has been Director of the Federal Trust for Education and Research since January 2003. He is also the Treasurer of the UK branch of the European Movement. Formerly he was a Member of the European Parliament (1994 to 1999).

He was educated at Oxford, where he obtained a double first in classics, and later worked in the Foreign Office, the European Parliament and the European Commission. He is the author of “On the Edge: Britain and Europe” (jointly with Hugh Dykes; 2012) and numerous articles on the European Union, on Britain’s place in the European Union and on federalism.

Since the June 2016 referendum Brendan has been a prolific speaker and writer about Brexit.


Brendan Donnelly’s talk and question and answer session will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally with Brendan and other members of the audience.

Stratford-upon-Avon School is a 20 minute walk from the centre of Stratford and a 10 minute walk from Stratford railway station. There are also more frequent services to Warwick Parkway on the Chiltern line (20 minutes by taxi to Stratford). For those coming by car there is ample free parking at the venue.

Doors will open at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start and the event will end by 9.00 pm. Admission is FREE but by ticket only.

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September 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Stratford-upon-Avon School
Alcester Rd
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9DH United Kingdom
01789 268051