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Article 50 author Lord Kerr speaks at IPR tonight

Tonight's IPR Public Lecture with Lord John Kerr - author of Article 50 - takes place against an unprecedented political backdrop in view of this week's Supreme Court ruling.

Tonight's IPR Public Lecture with Lord John Kerr - author of Article 50 - takes place against an unprecedented political backdrop and this week's Supreme Court ruling.

Two days after the Supreme Court ruled that the government needs parliamentary approval to start the Brexit process, the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) hosts Lord Kerr, the former UK Ambassador to the EU and author of Article 50, at a sell-out IPR Public Lecture.

As Secretary-General of the EU Convention in 2002/03, Lord Kerr drafted Article 50 - the secession provision for member states’ withdrawal from the EU - which is included in the Lisbon Treaty.

This week’s Supreme Court decision requires that the government now needs the backing of MPs and Peers in order to trigger Article 50 and initiate the process of Britain officially leaving the EU.

Over recent weeks, Lord Kerr has warned that there could be a one in three chance that Brexit negotiations end with no deal between the UK and EU, resulting in “serious economic disruption and a degree of legal chaos”. He has also suggested leaving the EU could result in a “decade of delay and disruption” for Britain.

In this unprecedented political time, Lord Kerr’s lecture: ‘Brexit: Will Divorce be damaging, and could it be amicable?’ is extremely timely.

Ahead of the lecture, IPR Director Professor Nick Pearce, said: “To have Lord Kerr speaking at the IPR tonight is a real honour for the University and the timing of this lecture makes this event particularly newsworthy. This is an excellent opportunity for the University and wider community to hear directly from the author of Article 50 and from someone with significant political experience when it comes to UK-EU negotiations.”

Lord Kerr was Ambassador to the EU and the US, and Foreign Office Permanent-under-Secretary. He became an Independent member of the House of Lords in 2004, and has served on its EU and Economic Select Committees. He was Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and Chairman of Imperial College London. He is currently Chairman of the Centre for European Reform.

To read Lord Kerr's Op Ed published today ahead of the lecture in the FT see 'Negotiating Brexit will be a tortuous business'.

** Tonight’s lecture is a sell-out ticket only event, but will be recorded and available to watch as an online lecture podcast shortly after the event via the IPR website. **

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