Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Maastricht Professor shares vision of UK-Europe relations and Impact of Brexit

Thursday, 02 November 2017

University of Maastricht Professor shares vision of UK-Europe relations and Impact of Brexit

Professor Michael Shackleton, visited MA International Business, Culture and Languages students to deliver a talk to them on UK-Europe relations. The session had a particular focus on Brexit.

Michael provided insights into the impact of Brexit on living and working as a professional in Europe. He also engaged in a Q&A session and shared best practice, with regard to work placement opportunities in the European Parliament and other European institutions. Several of the students are currently engaged in the process of applying for positions with multinational companies and organisations in Europe.

In his view: “You can leave UNESCO unilaterally as the United States has just done, you cannot leave the EU without respecting the myriad rules of membership embodied in Treaties the UK has approved over many years. That is why Brexit is an almost impossible task.”

Professor Shackleton has a distinguished career which spans from a first degree in Politics and Philosophy at Worcester College Oxford, to the Secretariat of the European Parliament. He was Head of the UK Information Office of the European Parliament in London from 2009-2011. He hopes that students can benefit from his experience.

Students on the course are fluent in Italian, French and Russian, in addition to English. A number have experience of working in Europe, some via the Erasmus cultural exchange programme. The MA International Business, Culture and Languages course provides them with an opportunity to build on this experience and apply their languages in a range of business contexts.

Michael Shackleton is Special Professor in European Institutions at the University of Maastricht