HE Sylvie Bermann visited the University of Liverpool to address staff, students, and members of the public about the the position of the United Kingdom in the EU. At the same time that the British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. David Cameron, was in Brussels meeting his counterparts from across the European Union, Ambassador Bermann discussed Franco-British relations from the perspective of the EU referendum.
Ambassador Bermann invited the audience, gathered at the Leggate Theatre in the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery and Museum, to think not in terms of Brexit but rather of Bremain. Stressing the cultural and scientific benefits, as well as the more widely rehearsed economic and security advantages to on-going EU membership, Ambassador Bermann sought to make the case for continued British participation at the heart of the European Union
The European Union is not about bureaucracy but about common destiny, and members are more ready than ever before to consider a differentiated Europe – HE Sylvie Bermann
After her address, Ambassador Bermann met with several students from Modern Languages and Cultures, including finalists Olivia Colquitt and Lleuwen Hedd. Olivia is currently a British Council ambassador for the English Language Assistantship scheme, and Lleuwen is the University’s nominated English-language lectrice who will take up her post in September to teach English at our partner university, the University of Nancy.