2020 BRITISH PARLIMENT

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Economic Relations with the EU

TOPIC B: Immigration into the UK

Madison Harrow

Dear Delegates,

I am so excited to welcome you to 2020 British Parliament at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference XXXVI! My name is Madison Harrow, and I am thrilled and honored to serve as your chair for this committee. This committee will give all of you a wonderful chance to debate the pressing issues that will face Britain in years to come.

I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations. As a life-long New Yorker, I am an urbanite at heart, and love to explore Penn’s home in Philadelphia, which is such an exciting and lively city. I have been involved in Penn’s International Affairs Association since September of my freshman year in various capacities, including being on the secretariat of ILMUNC and chairing for UPMUNC. Last summer, I had the honor of chairing for WEMUN Expo in Beijing, China. Besides the IAA, I give tours to prospective Penn students through Penn’s Kite and Key Society and do political science research on public opinion of healthcare policy. I also eat excessive amounts of chocolate daily (Lindt’s A Touch of Sea Salt EXCELLENCE Bar for the win!!), and am in the process of learning how to cook (particularly, how to perfect the “egg over easy”).

Decklan and I are both so excited for this committee. Having taken a History of Modern Britain class my junior spring semester, I have learned so much about British politics, and what has led Britain to the Brexit referendum. I personally am grappling with the future of such an important nation, and I know you will all bring such innovative ideas and solutions to the table in January. Both topics will provide the opportunity for dynamic discussions and innovative, collaborative solutions to some of issues that face a changing nation. To prepare for this committee, I encourage you to come to conference with ample research and points from both the background guide and other reliable sources. Also, come ready to throw yourself into engaging debate, because, as a delegate, you will have the most fun and success if you engage with the discussion as much and as early on as possible.

If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please feel free to email me, Decklan, or the USG for Regional Bodies and Councils, Megan Phansalkar, as we all will be more than happy to talk to you! I can’t wait to meet all of you during conference and hear all of your wonderful ideas and plans!

See you soon!

Madison Harrow

Chair, 2020 British Parliament
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Decklan Cerza

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 2020 British Parliament committee at ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Decklan Cerza, and I am more than excited to be your Moderator for the duration of the weekend! The secretariat and staff have been working hard to put together a phenomenal conference, so I hope you are all ready for the best experience of your young lives!

To introduce myself, I am a senior studying Bioengineering and Economics at Penn. I am originally from Dallas, Pennsylvania (no I did not mean Texas), where I lived the entirety of my childhood until making the long-awaited transition to city life for college. Before joining the International Affairs Association, I had little knowledge of Model UN. In fact, in high school I thought it was a modeling club, I kid you not. My original involvement in the IAA was through the Special Events branch, for which I planned all the social functions of the club; but after staffing ILMUNC for 3 years, I started to appreciate Model UN and international relations a lot more. This year, I am the Vice President of the IAA in addition to being your moderator for ILMUNC. Outside of the IAA, my time is mostly spent eating Pop Tarts and listening to Katy Perry.

I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to spend my last ILMUNC with your chair, Madison Harrow. The two of us have made a great effort to develop innovative and stimulating topics to encourage a weekend of thought-provoking debate. We will be discussing some of the most important issues expected to face the British Parliament in 2020, from economic relations with the EU to immigration policies for the UK. Through teamwork, diplomacy, and rewarding debate, I am confident that you all will be able to find the best possible solutions to these issues.

If you have any questions about this committee or ILMUNC in general, please feel free to reach out to me or your Under Secretary-General, Megan Phansalkar. I look forward to seeing you all in January!

Sincerely,

Decklan Cerza

Moderator, 2020 British Parliament
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference