Reflections on Brexit: How should we ‘read’ Brexit four years later? What does Brexit do to the UK and to the EU? What could a new partnership look like?

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Reflections on Brexit: How should we ‘read’ Brexit four years later? What does Brexit do to the UK and to the EU? What could a new partnership look like?

Tuesday, 1 December 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Online Event
Simon Kuper (FT), Brigid Laffan (EUI), Chris Bickerton (Cambridge University)
Dr Hartmut Mayer (Director, European Studies Centre, St Antony's, Oxford)
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford), Professor Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford)
ESC Core Seminar Series

For our last session of this very momentous year 2020, we revisit the issue that used to be number one before COVID pandemic intervened, namely Brexit. With three prominent commentators we reflect on the deeper meaning of Brexit, starting with Simon Kuper who will bring us back to the role of Oxford University in the Brexit story, to assessments by Chris Bickerton on what it will take for Brexit to benefit the UK in the longer run and by Brigid Laffan on what it will take for it to benefit the EU. 

Simon Kuper (born in Kampala, Uganda in 1969) was educated at Oxford University and Harvard. He has been working for the  Financial Times since 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper. He is British but lives with his wife and three children in Paris. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (2003), and – as co-author with Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries. He has won several awards for his journalism, ranging from the Manuel Vázquez Montalbán prize for sportswriting in 2008 to the British Society of Magazine Editors’ prize for Columnist of the Year in 2016. He is currently working on a book about FC Barcelona, and another on the origins of the current British ruling class at 1980s’ Oxford University.

Brigid Laffan is Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, an inter-disciplinary research centre at the European University Institute. The Centre’s mission is to contribute to research on the major issues facing contemporary European society. Previously she was Vice-President of UCD and Principal of the College of Human Sciences from 2004 to 2011. Brigid Laffan is recipient of numerous awards: in 2005 she was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy and in 2010 received the Ordre nationale du Mérite from the President of the French Republic. Her scholarship has been recognised by the THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to the development of European Studies in 2014 by the UK Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). Brigid’s research focuses on the dynamic of European integration. Recent publications include The Future of the EU (in Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán (eds), European Union politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, 6th edition, pp. 425-435) and How the EU27 Came to Be (Journal of common market studies, 2019, Vol. 57, No. S1, pp. 13-27).

Chris Bickerton is a Reader in Modern European Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge University, and an Official Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and has been elected to the Ganshof van der Meersch Visiting Chair at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for 2020-2021. He is also director of the Europe Centre at POLIS, Cambridge. He is author of the prize-winning 2012 book, European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States (Oxford University Press) and the best-selling book, The European Union: A Citizen’s Guide, published by Penguin in 2016. His latest book, written with Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, is called Technopopulism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics, which is coming out with Oxford University Press in early 2021. His next book project is a history of Europe Since 1989, to be published with Allen Lane. He writes regularly for the national and international medial and is a regular panelist on the podcast, Talking Politics.

Dr Hartmut Mayer (Director, European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford) chairs.

Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford) and Professor Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony's College, Oxford) are discussants.

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