politics | June 29, 2016

Where Do We Go from Here? Lavin Speakers on the Brexit Referendum

Last week, the UK stunned the world when it voted (narrowly) in favour of seceding from the European Union. And at The Lavin Agency, a number of our expert keynote speakers are well-primed to talk about Brexit—what it means for the global economy, international relations, innovation, business, and more. How will Prime Minister Cameron’s coming resignation change Britain’s political landscape? What does the pound’s 30-year low signify for those investing in the UK? These Lavin speakers make sense of one of the largest political and economic decisions in recent history.

“At its heart, Brexit is all about the question of who’s ruling whom,” says David Andelman, foreign affairs and editorial columnist for USA Today. The decision to leave the EU is in many ways existential, Andelman argues, and it’s mirrored on this side of the pond: populist movements like the one headed by Donald Trump could gain further traction following a “Leave” vote. Furthermore, might Britain’s separation spark similar movements from other dissatisfied EU nations? And what does this mean for US-EU trade—and specifically, the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? Andelman has been a CBS News correspondent in Paris, an Executive Editor of Forbes, a domestic and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, and Business Editor of The New York Daily News—a varied and impressive resume that certainly sets him apart.  


Diane Francis is a bestselling author and Editor-at-Large at The National Post, where she writes on innovation, finance, and the American and Canadian economies. How will Brexit’s potential to hamper intercontinental trade affect the economic playing field on this side of the Atlantic? And will a new face in the White House improve the situation or worsen it? Francis, a financial journalist with a wealth of experience, has the answers. 


In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi speaks on what the Brexit referendum means for larger issues of democracy and representation. “What's particularly concerning about the reaction both to Brexit and to the rise of Trump is the way these episodes are framed as requiring exceptions to the usual democratic rule. They're called threats so monstrous that we must abrogate the democratic process to combat them,” he says, calling into question those who would seek to overturn the decision. Taibbi is an incisive voice on politics the world over, whose “impossible to put down” (NYT) book The Divide has graced The New York Times bestseller list, and whose Rolling Stone columns have earned him the National Magazine Award. 


Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows is a savvy political and economic thinker who chronicles America’s resurgence in the wake of the Great Recession—both on the macro and the individual level. In a recent column discussing Trump’s attempts to swing Brexit in his favour (“They took their country back, just like we will take America back”), Fallows remarks how the “‘What the hell, let’s shake things up, it couldn’t be any worse!’ attitude adopted by many pro-Brexit voters “reveals a tragic failure of imagination. Structures and relationships take time to build. You can carelessly destroy in moments something that was very hard to create.” Winner of the National Magazine Award, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, and the youngest presidential speechwriter in American history, Fallows is a proven writer and an equally inspiring speaker. 


What does the split mean for innovation in Britain? Does a more insular culture breed creativity or closed doors? How do borders affect the sharing of ideas, of inventions, of ways of thinking? As Editor-in-Chief of tech magazine Wired in the UK, David Rowan can tell you. Always on the cusp of trends that are disrupting the way we view technology, innovation, and business, Rowan has authored regular columns in The Times, The Guardian, GQ, and Condé Nast, and was named Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors. 


How does an EU-UK split change business, diplomacy, and more? Ask Randall Lane. He’s the editor of Forbes magazine, creator of the magazine’s “30 Under 30” list and their “Under 30 Summit,” and CEO of two successful media start-ups (including P.O.V., Adweek’s “Startup of the Year). Under Lane’s direction, the magazine has seen its highest-ever US readership (6.7 million), and here’s why: Lane embraces the young innovators and disruptors who are changing the way we see management, leadership, and creativity. He’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has seen and written about business from every possible angle. 


Following the Brexit vote, questions abound concerning the British economy, trade, foreign relations and more. To book a keynote from any of our Brexit speakers—David Andelman, Diane Francis, Matt Taibbi, James Fallows, David Rowan, or Randall Lane—contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.

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