Brexit fall out – the citizen’s perspective

EU27 citizens in the UK still face an uncertain future if Britain leaves the EU and British citizens still face being stripped of their EU citizenship. Meanwhile many of the anticipated social and economic consequences of Brexit are already with us, even before Britain leaves the European Union.

Many companies are relocating away from the UK and there are reports of labour shortages in the public services, not least in hospitals. There are fears that British pensioners in Spain and Italy will be forced to return to the UK due to their changed economic circumstances post Brexit. Where will they live and what will be the cost to social services and the NHS?


  • Dr Michaela Benson – Brexit research leader at The UK in a Changing Europe
  • Professor Dimitris Ballas – Faculty of Spatial Sciences (Chair in Economic Geography) at the University of Groningen in September 2017. He has also previously worked as Associate Professor at the University of the Aegean, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield
  • Brendan Donnelly – has been Director of the Federal Trust since January 2003. He is a former Member of the European Parliament (1994 to 1999)
  • Sue Ferns – Deputy General Secretary of Prospect
  • Dr Majella Kilkey – Reader in Social Policy, University of Sheffield
  • Joan Pons Laplana – multi award-winning Nurse, a change agent and a Care Maker
  • Jacqueline Minor, retired official of the European Commission and served as Head of its UK Representation from 2013-2017
  • Dr Heather Rolfe – leads NIESR’s Employment and Social Policy team
  • Professsor Louise Ryan – joined the University of Sheffield in 2016, having previously been Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University, London, where she worked for 12 years
  • Tim Thomas – is responsible for EEF’s engagement with national and European governments on employment policy, their associated legal issues and pensions and workforce issues that impact the manufacturing sector
  • Lennard van Otterloo – consultant advising tech startups, is setting up a company to support business in the UK and the Netherlands survive any Brexit fallout and is a weekly Brexit columnist in Dutch entrepreneur magazine De Ondernemer.

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