1 November 2019 from 16:15 to 17:15

Is the Brexit really an Exit? Public lecture by Alex Brenninkmeijer

Is the Brexit really an exit?

The fourth annual Johan Willem Beyen lecture will be given by Alex Brenninkmeijer on 1 November to celebrate European Governance Day in Utrecht. The lecture is entitled: Is the Brexit really an exit? - “You can’t unscramble scrambled eggs”.

You can’t unscramble scrambled eggs

On European Governance Day, the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University celebrates the prestigious interdisciplinary European Governance Master’s program together with current students, alumni and partner institutions. Utrecht University offers this master’s program in collaboration with University College Dublin, Konstanz University and Masaryk University in Brno. European Governance graduates are active at the highest levels at the EU institutions and in European affairs elsewhere.






Johan Willem Beyen lecture by Alex Brenninkmeijer


Moderated Q&A with Alex Brenninkmeijer



REBO/RGL Alex Brenninkmeijer
Alex Brenninkmeijer

Alex Brenninkmeijer

European Governance Day will culminate in the fourth annual Johan Willem Beyen lecture. This year’s lecture will be held by dr. Alex Brenninkmeijer, member of the European Court of Auditors. Alex Brenninkmeijer had been a judge, a law professor and served as National Ombudsman of the Netherlands from 2005 to 2014. As ombudsman he carried out systemic research in many areas on the functioning of the public sector in the Netherlands and through his reports contributed to the promotion of good governance.
Following his lecture, Alex Brenninkmeijer will participate in a moderated Q&A.

Johan Willem Beyen
Johan Willem (Wim) Beyen

Johan Willem (Wim) Beyen (1897–1976) was an alumnus from the Utrecht University School of Law. He was a banker, civil servant, politician and diplomat. From 1952 – 1956 he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Wim Beyen is regarded  one of the founding fathers of the European Union. In the early fifties, when initiatives to intensify political cooperation and integration between Germany, France, Italy and the Benelux-countries seemed to fail, he developed a plan for a European Common Market in combination with a political community. His initiative formed an import foundation for the Treaties of Rome of 1957 and the development of a European Economic Community.

This lecture is organised in collaboration with Institutions for Open Societies, one of the strategic themes of Utrecht University, and with the support of the Utrecht University Fund.

Start date and time
1 November 2019 16:15
End date and time
1 November 2019 17:15