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BiE letter to Mr Heaton-Harris MP: retract letter to VCs on lists of academics teaching on Brexit

October 24, 2017

 

 

Following revelations that Chris Heaton-Harris, Conservative MP for Daventry and government whip, has writen to vice-chancellors asking for ‘the names of professors' at their establishments 'who are involved in teaching European affairs with particular reference to Brexit’, BiE has written to the MP to ask him to: 

 

a) retract his letter to vice-chancellors;

b) provide a full explanation of what it was aiming to achieve, and

c) identify any government policy that may have underpinned it.

 

‘Britain in Europe’ and the ‘Knowing Our Rights’ research project also call upon the European Parliament and other relevant European institutions to raise this issue with the UK Government, particularly in the context of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

 

Academic freedom and freedom of expression are absolutely core pan-European values. To attack these values on what appear to be highly partisan grounds is not only hypocritical but an affront to the democratic institutions and processes that enabled the holding of the referendum in the first place.

 

Read our letter in full here.

 

Email BiE@brunel.ac.uk if you would like to add your signature to the BiE letter.

 

BiE's letter has been signed by:

 

Prof Julian Petley, Brunel University London 

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Brunel University London

Prof Akram Khan, Brunel University London

Prof Andrew Choo, City, University of London

Prof Bernardine Evaristo MBE, Brunel University London

Scott Crosby-Kremlers, Advocate and Assistant Professor, Vesalius College, Brussels

Josie Welland, Solicitor

Roger Casale, CEO, New Europeans

Prof David Rosen (Hon), Darlingtons Solicitors LLP

Prof Valsamis Mitsilegas, QMU

Prof Arad Reisberg, Brunel University London

Jessica Corsi, Brunel University London

Prof Paul Roberts, University of Nottingham

Dr Maria Kotsovili, Brunel University London

George Hatziioannou, former diplomat

Prof Benjamin Zephaniah, Brunel University London

Dr Stelios Andreadakis, Brunel University London

Dr Jurgita Malinauskaite, Brunel University London

Prof Ed Cape, University of the West of England

Dr Ermioni Xanthopoulou, Hertfordshire Law School

Dr Adrienne Yong, City, University of London

Prof Ashley Braganza, Brunel University London

Dr Christian Heitsch, Brunel University London

Dr Ignacio de la Rasilla, Brunel University London

Dr Patricia Hobbs, Brunel University London

Prof Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds

 

 

 

 

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