Introductory speeches by Brian Eno, Yanis Varoufakis, Elif Shafak, Srecko Horvat & Agnieszka Wiśniewska. To be followed by a two hour interactive meeting for the purposes of establishing DiEM25 UK as a movement in every British city and town. Our purpose? To harness the discontent that surfaced during 2016 in order to make 2017 the year when progressive politics returns to Britain.
SATURDAY 28TH JANUARY 2017, 10.00am at CONWAY HALL
2016 was the year of Brexit – the year when the EU referendum exposed deep divisions in Britain’s establishment, but also in its working classes. 2016 was the year passion returned to British politics with ‘outsiders’ challenging Britain’s establishment both from the right (with UKIP dictating a xenophobic pro-Brexit agenda) and the left (with Jeremy Corbyn’s remarkable rise to the leadership of the Labour Party). 2017 will be the year when the challenge of the establishment that 2016 brought to bear will either lead to a revitalisation of progressive politics in the UK or will see the country slide into the morass of xenophobic Little Englandism.
10-10.45 WHY DiEM25 UK?
- Welcoming speeches by members of DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective
- Purpose of the event: How to make DiEM25 operational throughout the UK
10.50-11.50 BUILDING ALLIANCES IN THE UK & BREXIT POLICY
Moderated open dialogue
12.00-13:00 ORGANISING ACROSS THE UK: ‘THE DAY AFTER’
- Short interventions by DiEM25 UK members who helped organise the event
- Amending the organisation’s name
- Commencing work on a Manifesto for a Democratic UK
- Commencing work on extending DiEM25’s economic and social agenda (the European Green New Deal) to the UK
- Building up DiEM25 UK across the UK
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL