Professor Sara McGaughey (Department of Business Strategy and Innovation) spoke to a packed Legislative Council Chamber at Parliament House on March 26, as part of an expert panel discussing Britain’s bitter divisions over Brexit.

Professor Sara McGaughey alongside the other guest speakers at State Parliament House

Joined by co-panelists Dr Frank Mols and Dr Joff Lelliot (University of Queensland), topics included: the history of the UK-EU relationship, the referendum, and British political party dynamics (Dr Lelliott); an analysis of the options available to Britain, the impact of uncertainty on trade and investment, and implications for Australia (Professor McGaughey); and the view from Europe, including contingencies and Brexit as symptomatic of wider problems (Dr Mols).

The Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, Hon Curtis Pitt MP, opened the event, which was presented by the Australian Institute in International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland and the Queensland Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG).