The AEJ UK’s next lunchtime meeting is with
John Kerr, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard 
on: Friday, September 15, 2017, 12.30 – 14.30
at: European Parliament’s London Office, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
Light lunch and drinks – £25 payable on the day, £10 for journalists aged under 25, free discretionary entry for students of journalism.
The AEJ, UK’s next speaker will be John Kerr, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, former head of the Foreign Office and author of Article 50, the Lisbon Treaty clause, by which the UK is due to leave the European Union in March 2019.

A cross-bench or independent peer since 2004, John Kerr has emerged as a severe critic of the UK government’s approach to Brexit. He recently called for a halt to the Brexit process and a national debate in the UK “to think again” about leaving the EU. He described the UK government’s actions since the referendum as “a completely wasted year while the Tories negotiated with themselves”.

Known in Brussels as a wily and effective negotiator, Lord Kerr held senior posts in the UK Treasury as well as the Foreign Office. He was UK ambassador to the EU and the US before taking the top Foreign Office job in 1997. In 2002/3, after retiring as a UK diplomat, he was secretary general to the European Convention, where he drafted the EU exit clause that became Article 50.

Our meeting with Lord Kerr is very well timed – just as the Party Conference season kicks off, the UK government has published its key ‘position papers’ on Brexit, and shortly before the German Federal Election. 
If you would like to attend, please write to: 
Margaret Hughes
Secretary AEJ UK section