The event which is taking place at Plymouth University’s Sherwell Centre on North Hill on the 25th of August is designed to hammer out a position on Brexit for the far South West.


Each attendee will get their say in break out groups as we seek to create a list of key asks for the region. –  Luke Pollard MP

The cross-party event will be opened by Labour MP, Luke Pollard, with Conservative Councillor and Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, Patrick Nicholson, giving a keynote speech on behalf of the city.

Devon Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Executive, George Cowcher, and leading business figure Louise Pasterfiend, Managing Director of Sponge UK will offer a business perspective. Mike Payne from the GMB and Steve Atwill from Unite will add a perspective on behalf of the South West’s workforce. Fisheries expert, Terri Portmann, and Professor Melanie Austen, Head of Science at Plymouth Marine Laboratories will speak about coastal issues, environmental protection and fisheries at the event.

Chief executive of the Real Ideas Organisation, Lindsey Hall will be speaking about how social enterprises geared around inclusive economy in the South West are likely to be affected whilst Garry Hunt, Owner of DIG LAB and Partner at Digital Plymouth will also add perspectives on the future of digital industries in the region before further local government points of view from Plymouth City Council’s Leader of the Opposition Cllr Tudor Evans.

Clare Moody MEP will provide an update on how the Brexit process works and how and when Plymouth’s voice can be heard the loudest.

Sir Kier Starmer QC MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit, will join the conference by video link.


“Brexit is the single most important political event in our lifetimes and getting it right is essential. After the keynote addresses each attendee will get their say in break out groups as we seek to create a list of key asks for the region. I’m especially keen to hear from businesses, community groups, exporters, employers and those people who need certainty from Brexit although everyone is welcome.

This event isn’t about re-running last year’s referendum and those who voted Leave as well as Remain are welcome. It is about being clear about what we want from Brexit and then arming MPs with that to fight our corner in Westminster. I hope you can come along.”

Luke Pollard MP