Brexit Talk – 03.12.2016 – Cambridge

Brexit event at Alliance Francaise de Cambridge
On the 3rd December Alliance Française de Cambridge decided to tackle an important, topical subject: “Brexit from an International Perspective: Continuity in Education and Cultural Links”.

The panel constituted an impeccable balance of representation. Axelle Lemaire, French Minister of State for Innovation and Digital Affairs, Daniel Zeichner, Cambridge City MP and Catherine Barnard, a Professor of European Union Law at Cambridge University, were brought together for the event – a exceptional feat.  The diversity in background of the speakers created a fascinating discussion with each speaker bringing their unique expertise and insight.

The importance of maintaining Franco-British relations was illustrated by Axelle Lemaire.  She also emphasised their existing scale: the French language is the first choice of foreign language for English people.  Daniel Zeichner highlighted the significance of maintaining an understanding between the public and politicians.  The event was given another dimension by the presence of Catherine Barnard who provided a more factual, legal account analysing the creation of the EU treaty and explaining the different potential trade organisations for Britain such as the WTO and the EEA.  The role of Alliance Française was also underlined: stable organisations such as Alliance Française are crucial in times of political unsteadiness.  Citations from George Bernard Shaw, a glance back into the past to the European dream and the value of European workers in Britain provides merely a flavour of the gripping and thought-provoking talk.

The audience took an active role during the Q&A and utilised this opportunity to ask their questions and comment on the matter.  The role of Digital Media and potential consequences for young people were some of the questions raised.  The speakers interacted with the audience and gave advice.

L’Alliance Française Cambridge is delighted to have received positive feedback and we hope that this event will leave a lasting impression.

Anastasia Kell, Alliance Française de Cambridge