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Meet our Professors - Professor Elspeth Guild - BREXIT and its consequences for the UK and EU Citizenship or Monstrous Citizenship

27 September 2016

Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre - People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London 327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Union Jack and EU flag split down the middle by a crack in the shape of the English Channel

Join Professor Elspeth Guild, Professor of Law, for her Inaugural Lecture at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Lecture Synopsis

On 23 June 2016, somewhat to the surprise of the political establishment and the pollsters, the British public voted to leave the European Union. One of the key issues which appears to have moved the British public to vote to leave was EU citizens right to free movement, work and residence anywhere in the Union. Those who led the Leave campaign promised to repatriate the UK’s state sovereignty and thereby abolish the application in the UK of the inalienable rights attaching to EU citizenship. To what extent is citizenship, by definition, a way of describing in law a bundle of rights which are protected from arbitrary interference by state sovereign authorities? In this lecture, Elspeth Guild will examine the issue of citizenship – EU and UK from a legal perspective in light of the political consequences of the BREXIT outcome.

Meet our Professor

Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at QMUL as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley and an associate senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels. She is also a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She was special advisor to the House of Lords European Union Committee’s Inquiry into Economic Migration in 2005.


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