Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

A three course meal or a packet of crisps?

Sir Martin Donnelly will be speaking to a local meeting in north Oxford this Friday 29 June about international trade after Brexit.

If you would like to find out more please do come along. Tickets are free, but spaces are filling up fast.


FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018 AT 7:30PM FOR 7:45PM




Sir Martin Donnelly has kindly agreed to speak at a meeting of the Oxford City Liberal Democrats on the subject of Britain's international trade after Brexit.

He is probably one of the most knowledgeable people in the UK about how to negotiate an international trade treaty and is famous for his comment that "Brexit is like giving up a three-course meal in exchange for the promise of a packet of crisps".

Sir Martin joined the Treasury in 1980 and has served in a variety of roles including in the Northern Ireland Office, the European Commission, the French Ministry of Finance (on secondment), the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, Ofcom and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where he was Director-General for Economics and then for Europe & Globalisation. He has been acting head of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Permanent Secretary of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and, most recently, the first Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade.

Sir Martin has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and has studied international economics at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the École Nationale d'Administration in Paris.

This meeting is open to all

This meeting is one of a regular series of speaker events organised for Liberal Democrat members and supporters by the Oxford City branch of Oxford West & Abingdon Liberal Democrats. Non-members are welcome to attend.


The speaker event will be at 7:30pm for 7:45pm on Friday 29 June 2018 at the North Oxford Association in Diamond Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2. Click here for directions.

Secure your place

We expect demand for places for this event to be high, so please sign-up now to confirm your attendance.

Click here to book your ticket using Eventbrite.

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