Law Society of Scotland and GCU host Brexit seminar

24 February 2017

The implications for Scotland and the Union following the Brexit decision was the centre of debate at a seminar hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and The Law Society of Scotland this week.

Legal minds, students, staff, academics and policy makers met to analyse the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

GCU Professor of Healthcare and Medical Law, Alison Britton, one of the organisers of the event, opened the panel discussions before a question and answer session from the general audience. 

Nicole Busby, Professor of the University of Strathclyde, Peter Geoghegan, investigative journalist and writer, and Anthony Speaight QC led a lively discussion by setting out how they see the current political and legal landscape changing following the result. 

Professor Busby covered equalities and human rights law, namely the key instruments, the European Convention on Human Rights, which is incorporated into the Human Rights Law (1998), and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Queen Council’s Anthony Speaight, a specialist experienced in public, regulatory and discipline work, called the Charter "a tool of spectacular consequence” and Peter Geoghegan discussed what he perceived as “EU Frontiers”, warning against the breakup of not just one Union (EU) but two following Brexit.

Professor Britton said: “We are entering a new phase in our political and cultural landscape and where better to discuss and debate what post-Brexit means than in the forum of a University. Open dialogue and discussions with students and professionals about our human rights, which is one of the cornerstones of our society, is critical.”