Why was it even held?
Gisela Stuart, Labour Member of Parliament and a former framer of the EU Constitution headed the Leave campaign and says the EU was becoming increaingly undemocratic and that the UK’s status quo relationship to the EU would not have remained possible in any case. Lorely Jane Burt, Baroness of Solihull, was a Liberal Democrat before elevation to the House of Lords; she considers the Brexit vote a disaster but perhaps offering opportunities for business. Jo Cox, a recently elected Labour MP was a strong supporter of women’s and immigrant rights and favoured staying in the EU; she was worried about virulent sexism in social media, and was murdered by a man with American Nazi connections just before the referendum. Liberal Democrat Baroness Susan Kramer and Guardian newspaper political editor Anushka Asthana speak of the tributes to the slain Jo Cox and the hashtag she inspired “More In Common,” which had at least a temporary effect on the culture of Parliament.
Host(s): Frieda Werden and Boni Sones
Featured Speakers/Guests: Update: Gisela Stuart declined to run for Parliament again in 2017. The UK is now scheduled to exit the EU on March 29, 2019.
Credits: Audio courtesy of Boni Sones and Women’s Parliamentary Radio. Edited/scripted by WINGS Series Producer Frieda Werden.
Comments: Updated from its first release, which was in 2016.