Leading Labour figures are coming to Hay on the first anniversary of the Brexit vote

The public are invited to join Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer and Lord Kinnock as well as non-Labour experts for Brexit – A Year On

Will you mark the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum by popping celebratory champagne or mourning the prospect of the UK’s departure from the European Union?

Some of the most senior figures in the Labour party and other experts will converge on Hay-on-Wye to take stock of the consequences of the Brexit vote and look ahead to the historic chapter of change that now confronts the UK.

Members of the public are invited to join this Powys gathering on the anniversary weekend – not just for policy discussion but for “poems and pints”.

Key contributors will include Shadow Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer, former Labour leader and ex-EU Commissioner Neil Kinnock, Article 50 author and crossbench peer Lord Kerr, and Mark Drakeford, who has represented the Welsh Government at talks with UK ministers.

Other participants will include Helen Birtwhistle, who chairs Wales for Europe – a group “determined to secure the best deal for Wales with the UK, Europe and the rest of the world” – as well as David Rees, the chair of the Assembly’s Brexit committee, alongside experts from Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.

‘What will do the least damage to Wales and the economy?’

Former Labour MEP Eluned Morgan, who has served as a Shadow Foreign Minister in the Lords and is now a Mid and West Wales AM, is coordinating the event.

She said: “We’re having to come to terms with the fact that we are going to be leaving the EU. And obviously the question then is: On what conditions and what terms do we leave and what will do the least damage to Wales and the economy?”

When asked whether she can foresee a situation in which the UK could remain part of the EU, she stressed the importance of securing a good deal, saying: “I think we’re now on a train that’s going to be very difficult to stop. Having said that, nobody wants to come out crashing out without anything.”

The Saturday, June 24 conference, Brexit – A Year On, will be held at Gwernyfed School, located in Three Cocks, near the celebrated book town. A “poems and pints” evening will be held at The Globe at Hay on the Friday.

Ms Morgan said: “I am delighted that we have managed to convince so many senior politicians and experts to come and talk on this important matter which will have a huge impact on the future of Wales. It is wonderful that so many people are happy to come to Hay which has a reputation as a platform for critical and intelligent thinking”.

Tickets for the two events are available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/BrexitHay17.