This Atlas Club luncheon will feature Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, on the upcoming referendum on whether the United Kingdom (UK) will exit the European Union (EU). The EU referendum vote will be held on June 23, 2016.

Many ask themselves: “Why is Britain considering leaving the European Union?” However, plenty of free marketeers, libertarians, and small-state conservatives question the European Project. The EU today is an over-centralized behemoth, becoming more interventionist in the economic sphere than ever before, explains Littlewood.

"​(I) see a Brexit as an opportunity to forge a new, more internationalist future," Littlewood says. "I see a small-state, free-trading Britain once again open for business worldwide, open for the best immigrants and businesses to come to Britain and succeed — and to enjoy the benefits of that success."

Please arrive at noon for drinks. We will sit for lunch at 12:20 p.m. This event is for Atlas Club members and their guests only. Please contact Brittany at to learn more or become an Atlas Club member here.


Mark Littlewood is the director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in London. Under his leadership, the IEA has continued to communicate the benefits of free markets to an even wider audience around the world. In 2014, Littlewood was ranked 38th on the Times’s "Right-wing Power List," and in 2011 was named "Liberal Voice of the Year" by the Liberal Democrat Voice. Littlewood frequently comments on political and economic issues on television and radio including BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Radio 4's Today Programme and LBC. Prior to the IEA, Littlewood was the head of media for the Liberal Democrats before going on to found Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank. He was also the campaigns director for the human rights group Liberty, and founder of NO2ID, the campaign against the introduction of identity cards. Littlewood was educated at Balliol College, Oxford.​​