IWA Debate: Should the Brexit deal for Wales include the free movement of people?



1 Callaghan Square, CF10 5BT

Cardiff, GB, CF10 5BT

In partnership with Cardiff University

June’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU saw 52.5% of people in Wales vote to leave. One of the big issues featured in the referendum campaign was the free movement of people between the UK and the EU, and the effect of migration on the Welsh economy and to our public services. Yet, ahead of Article 50 being triggered, there is little detail as to what the UK’s immigration policy will be, and how it will affect Wales.

This debate will discuss the options for a post Brexit migration policy and debate whether the free movement of people between the UK and the European Union should still be a central feature of the political landscape after negotiations are final.

Roger Scully, Acting Director, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University, will open the debate with his analysis of the results of a poll entitled “Where does public opinion on the free moment of people stand?” His analysis will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with the audience.

The debate will be chaired by Arwyn Jones, BBC Cymru Wales’ Political Correspondent.


– Vanessa Young, Director, Welsh NHS Confederation
– Marley Morris, Research Fellow, IPPR
– Alp Mehmet MVO, Vice Chair, Migration Watch
– Noreen Blanluet, Public Services Consultant

Draft Agenda:

6.00pm – Registration and networking

6.30pm – Welcome from Auriol Miller, IWA Director

6.35pm – Introduction to debate and panellists from Chair, Arwyn Jones

6.40pm – Roger Scully analysis

6.50pm – Chair opens discussion to panel

7.30pm – Q&A with audience

8.00pm – End of debate

8.01pm – Thank you from Cardiff University representative

8.05pm – Networking drinks

9.00pm – Event ends

This is a free event, but places are limited so tickets must be booked.

This event has been kindly supported by Eversheds.