Lord Leon Brittan Speaks at TASIS
Posted 25/04/2012 02:18PM


Lord Leon Brittan, current Vice-Chairman of UBS AG Investment Banks and former Home Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher spoke to a packed house of students, teachers, and parents on Tuesday evening on the topic of the European Union. Lord Brittan has also been Special Trade Advisor to David Cameron, European Union High Commissions, and is a former member of Parliament.

Lord Brittan briefly outlined the history on the formation of the E.U. and gave an overview of the considerations and reasons European countries had for moving to a single currency economy, then took questions from the audience. Students asked Lord Brittan to speculate on a number of events, including predicting the outcome of the French election (“Sarkozy.”) and the type of effect a socialist government would have on the stability of the Euro (“None.”). They were also interested in issues surrounding agricultural subsidies, whether Russia would ever join the EU (“Unlikely.”), and if it would be probable that a country would be asked to leave the EU (“No.”). It was a fascinating evening, and a special opportunity for students and adults alike to gain insights from a seasoned politician who has played a major role in history.

Malcolm St. John ’13 organized Lord Brittan’s talk as part of TASIS Academy, an initiative he is leading to bring high-level speakers to the TASIS community.

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