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In other news, Brexit: what’s happening?


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Has Covid 19 scuppered the UK’s chances of landing a deal, or could the government still pull it off?

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Remember Brexit? While the world has been fighting the virus, the deadline to extend the UK’s transition period – which ends on 31 December 2020 – quietly slipped by. At the time of writing, no new deal has been agreed. Negotiations were stepped up since June to include weekly face-to-face and video talks to try to overcome the final sticking points. As the clock ticks down, it’s time for a reset. Join Tortoise editors and leading voices from the pro-Brexit and Remain side to investigate where the UK stands now and what we can expect from the final weeks of the transition period.

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

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Georgina Wright, Senior Researcher, Institute for Government. Georgina is a senior researcher on the Brexit team where she focuses on UK engagement and influence in the EU after Brexit. Her research interests include the EU27’s views of Brexit, Franco-British relations and the future of the EU. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a research associate at Chatham House and has worked for the European Commission and NATO in Brussels. She frequently gives evidence to select committees in the House of Commons and House of Lords. Georgina read Politics at the University of Edinburgh and holds an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges). She speaks English, French and Italian.

Marley Morris, Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU Relations, IPPR. Marley Morris is Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU Relations at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He has led IPPR’s work on Brexit for the past four years, overseeing projects on topics ranging from the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system and the future UK-EU trading relationship to the implications of Brexit for labour and environmental protections. Marley is the author of numerous reports, articles and policy briefings on Brexit and migration, and regularly provides expert analysis for the national and international press. Prior to joining IPPR, Marley worked as a senior researcher at the consultancy Counterpoint, conducting research on the populist radical right in Europe.

Seb Dance, former Labour MEP. Seb served as a Labour MEP for London from 2014. He was Vice-Chair of the Environment, Food and Public Health Committee of the European Parliament and was his political group’s media spokesperson on climate change and air quality. He also served on the Industry, Research & Energy Committee, the Development Committee and the Agriculture Committee. He was Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. Before being elected to the European Parliament, Seb worked for the development charity ActionAid UK, campaigning for structural changes to alleviate poverty. Prior to this, he worked as a Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the last Labour Government.

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Remember Brexit? While the world has been fighting the virus, the deadline to extend the UK’s transition period – which ends on 31 December 2020 – quietly slipped by. At the time of writing, no new deal has been agreed. Negotiations were stepped up since June to include weekly face-to-face and video talks to try to overcome the final sticking points. As the clock ticks down, it’s time for a reset. Join Tortoise editors and leading voices from the pro-Brexit and Remain side to investigate where the UK stands now and what we can expect from the final weeks of the transition period.


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James Harding
Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

Georgina Wright, Senior Researcher, Institute for GovernmentGeorgina is a senior researcher on the Brexit team where she focuses on UK engagement and influence in the EU after Brexit. Her research interests include the EU27’s views of Brexit, Franco-British relations and the future of the EU.Prior to joining the Institute, she was a research associate at Chatham House and has worked for the European Commission and NATO in Brussels. She frequently gives evidence to select committees in the House of Commons and House of Lords. Georgina read Politics at the University of Edinburgh and holds an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges). She speaks English, French and Italian.

Marley Morris, Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU Relations, IPPRMarley Morris is Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU Relations at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He has led IPPR’s work on Brexit for the past four years, overseeing projects on topics ranging from the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system and the future UK-EU trading relationship to the implications of Brexit for labour and environmental protections. Marley is the author of numerous reports, articles and policy briefings on Brexit and migration, and regularly provides expert analysis for the national and international press. Prior to joining IPPR, Marley worked as a senior researcher at the consultancy Counterpoint, conducting research on the populist radical right in Europe.

Seb Dance, former Labour MEPSeb served as a Labour MEP for London from 2014. He was Vice-Chair of the Environment, Food and Public Health Committee of the European Parliament and was his political group’s media spokesperson on climate change and air quality. He also served on the Industry, Research & Energy Committee, the Development Committee and the Agriculture Committee. He was Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. Before being elected to the European Parliament, Seb worked for the development charity ActionAid UK, campaigning for structural changes to alleviate poverty. Prior to this, he worked as a Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the last Labour Government.