Brexit and its Aftershocks: Reimagining British Politics

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull (UK) and Visiting Scholar at the Center for British Studies in the Institute for European Studies

 Institute of European Studies

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union undoubtedly poses an existential problem for the EU. It is also likely that the institutions of the oldest and most stable multi-nation state will require reform in the post-Brexit era. In other words, the aftershocks of Brexit will probably necessitate a reimagining of British politics in each nation and region of the United Kingdom. At no time in the modern era has the United Kingdom appeared so disunited across class, regional, generational and party boundaries. In this lecture Dr. Matt Beech sketches the origin story of Brexit; posits an analysis of why it occurred; and suggests how its aftershocks might lead to a changed politics within the United Kingdom.

 heike.friedman@berkeley.edu, 510-643-4558