Cambridge academic stages nude protest over Brexit in front of 30 economists during faculty meeting

Victoria Bateman has 'Brexit leaves Britain naked' written across her body

May Bulman
Saturday 02 July 2016 14:03 BST
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Ms Bateman reportedly sat through the two-hour meeting without anyone mentioning her nudity
Ms Bateman reportedly sat through the two-hour meeting without anyone mentioning her nudity

A Cambridge academic walked naked into a faculty meeting of economists in an act of protest against the UK's vote to leave the European Union.

Victoria Bateman, a fellow in economics at Cambridge University, arrived at the meeting on Wednesday with the words "Brexit leaves Britain naked" written across her stomach and breasts.

Ms Bateman reportedly sat through the two-hour meeting, in which 30 other economists were discussing teaching material and courses at Cambridge University's Faculty of Economics, without anyone mentioning her lack of clothing.

Nigel Knight, director of studies at Chruchill College and chair of the meeting, did however reportedly look at her and say: "I think we need some cups for the coffee."

It is not the first time Ms Bateman has bared all in public.

In 2014, she posed for a nude protrait by painter Anthony Connolly, which then went on public display at the Mall Galleries.

Talking about her decision to pose nude in The Guardian, Ms Bateman said she had hoped to raise questions about the depiction of women and "challenge the blinkered association between the body and sex".

Ms Bateman has researched the development of the UK economy, and openly opposed the UK leaving the EU before the referendum.

In an article for Bloomberg, she previously wrote that the effect would be "sizeable" and that "many working families would be noticeably worse off".

"If the predicted fiscal deficit were to be corrected through welfare cuts alone, it would result in low-income households receiving between 1,861 pounds and 5,542 pounds less a year (in 2014 equivalent figures) by 2020, depending upon their personal circumstances," she explained.

"Even if the welfare budget were to bear only a quarter of the fiscal adjustment needed, it would still amount to a loss of some 1,146 pounds a year for a single working parent with one child."

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