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The Brexit debate

By Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean
The result of the EU referendum in June will affect the School in many ways, none of them certain, since the arguments are mostly based on what might happen. Speaking on a personal basis I’m very concerned that there might be a vote to leave. This is a global school and we want to be as open as possible to those wanting to come. Brexit is very much the wrong message. More specifically, it would be felt in our ability to hire faculty originating in the EU (and from anywhere outside the UK if the pound dropped significantly as a result) and our attractiveness to prospective degree programme students wishing to work in the UK, in particular those from the EU. On the other hand, if there was indeed a lower exchange rate, at least for a period, that would benefit degree programme students and executive education programme clients and participants from outside the UK and thereby improve our competitiveness. Sadly much of the public debate is likely to be from the gut. Not always the best place for rational thinking.