Report on the talk on Brexit by Colin Munro in Munich – 8th October

British in Bavaria talk – in English – on BREXIT

Constitutional, Political, Economic and Social Causes

The Referendum and Prospects for a People’s Vote

Monday, 8 October, Munich

Former UK diplomat Colin Munro treated his audience of 100+ Germans and Brits to a review of how the referendum came about, identifying five major policy miscalculations of the UK government since WW2 as likely root causes, and outlining the deficiencies of the UK´s constitutional and election framework. His recollections and anecdotes of politics and politicians from over four decades of experience in the UK Diplomatic Service were much appreciated by the attendees. Also valuable was his assessment of the many imponderables as we enter the final phase of negotiationse.g. the prospects for a People´s Vote or a new general election, the extremes of the Conservative and Labour parties, the role of Westminster, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Irish Assembly, and the Irish border problem.

The historical perspective Colin delivered and his expert analysis of recent referenda (Margaret Thatcher: “a device of demagogues and dictators”) provided important context. As did his reminder that the European Union, imperfect as it still may be, has brought immense benefit to the people of Europe in terms of peace and stability.

In the Q&As after his talk, Colin was impressed with the quality of the questions from the well informed audience.

Colin Munro lives in Vienna. He is the founder of UKCA, UK Citizens in Austria, which organises events to support Brits based in Austria.

The text and accompanying slides from his talk is available on the UK Citizens in Austria site.

Images (c) Sue McInerney and Ingrid Taylor

2 thoughts on “Report on the talk on Brexit by Colin Munro in Munich – 8th October”

  1. Thanks for your hard work, which is very much appreciated – but I fear with this talk you are speaking to the converted.

    We are missing anything from our “homeland” (which is contemptible) and we are not hearing much from dear old Deutschland (for which I do not blame them at all).

    All we need is a Dancing Queen to save us all…


    1. You are right Grant – we are in a sort of no-mans-land at the moment, but lobbying is continuing at EU and German level, for example to push for ring-fencing the citizens´ rights part of the draft withdrawal agreement, even in the case of no deal. Colin´s talk is also targeted at the German audience – where we need to raise the profile of the 100K+ Brits in Germany.

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