As Brexit lurches forward, British institutions are increasingly finding themselves paralysed when dealing with the decision made at the polls in 2016. Will the UK survive intact, whose political careers will be sacrificed, and is there a prosperous Britain at the end of the road? Former foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans, British author and former member of the European Parliament Stanley Johnson (father of politician Boris Johnson) and Dr Danika Wright, a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance, sit down with ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Alberici to debate what lies ahead for Britain.
Supported by BDO.
Stanley Johnson (International)
Stanley Johnson has written 25 books, including ten novels, one of which, The Commissioner, was made into a film starring John Hurt, and his latest political thriller, Kompromat. He is a former conservative member of the European Parliament where he served as Vice Chairman of the Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. He has also worked in the European Commission as Head of the Prevention of Pollution division and as Senior Adviser to DG Environment and as Director of Energy Policy. Before joining the Commission, Stanley served on the staff of the World Bank and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He has also been an adviser to Price Waterhouse Coopers, a director of ERM, an environmental consultancy, a trustee of the Earthwatch Institute and Plantlife International, and an environmental adviser to Jupiter Asset Management. He is currently President of the Gorilla Organization and Ambassador for the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species.
Gareth Evans (Australian)
Gareth Evans was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke-Keating governments for thirteen years, including as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and is now Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University. He co-chaired major international commissions on mass atrocity crimes and nuclear weapons, has won many national and international awards, and has written or edited thirteen books, most recently Inside the Hawke Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary and Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir.
Danika Wright (Australian)
Danika Wright is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance at the University of Sydney Business School. She has published numerous academic articles in Australian and international journals. Her research examines issues relating to corporate finance and investment behaviour. Recent projects include studies on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, investor biases and housing economics. Prior to joining the University of Sydney Business School, Dr Wright worked in the research team of finance-based start ups and funds management firms.
Emma Alberici (Australian)
Emma Alberici is the Chief Economics Correspondent at the ABC. Prior to taking up her latest role, Emma spent six years as the presenter of ABC TV’s evening news and analysis program, Lateline. Before that Emma was based in the UK as the ABC’s Europe Correspondent. She arrived in London just as Lehmann Bros was collapsing and as the world began questioning every accepted orthodoxy attaching to global financial markets. For someone who had spent most of the previous two decades as a business and finance journalist, it was a case of right place, right time. Emma worked at the Nine Network and did her cadetship at News Limited's Herald Sun Newspaper in Melbourne. Emma has been a finalist three times in the Walkley Awards for journalistic excellence. Emma is a prolific writer and has been widely published in the Sun Herald and ABC’s The Drum. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book.