Jonathan Portes Discusses The Economics Of The EU Referendum In Lecture At Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (The NCS) – In Video

On Wednesday 14th October, British economist Jonathan Portes delivered a lecture to NCS students on the economics of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

Since joining HM Treasury in 1987, Mr Portes has held various positions in the civil service and the private sector. He was Chief Economist at the Department for Work and Pensions and Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office before becoming the director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in February 2011. Now a Principal Research Fellow at the NIESR, he also writes about the economic climate for numerous publications.

During his talk Mr Portes explained why economics is key to understanding the future EU referendum whilst setting the debate in its historical and political context. Mr Portes skifully went on to analyse the arguments for and against a possible ‘Brexit’ the details of which will give our students both an insight that will benefit their studies, but also some key skills to help them form their own decisions when voting day draws near in 2017.

We would like to thank Mr Portes for taking the time to meet our students.

The student view

“Highly insightful lecture discussing a current economic yet political topic” – Tan
“The lecture enabled me to challenge my perspective on the ramifications of leaving or staying in the EU. Jonathan Portes delivered analytical, inquisitive and logical reasoning for both sides of the argument. I know feel as if I can make an informed decision in the forthcoming referendum.” – Saadia

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