After Brexit: Utopia or Dystopia?

Now that they UK has left the EU, what role should it play in the world? What is 'Global Britain', and is it a realistic project after the Covid-19 pandemic? What kind of relationship should the UK seek with its European neighbours? How serious are the tensions between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on the question of the UK's future relationship with the EU, and do they threaten the union? 

In this lecture series, leading figures from politics and academia share their reflections, and offer their hopes and fears. 

Series convened by: Hussein Kassim, Professor of Politics, UEA, and Senior Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’. 

All events 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

All events are free and open to all 

Due to COVID-19 concerns around large gatherings, this series will be presented ONLINE. 

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For further analysis of key issues relating to Brexit, the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and the impact on the UK, please visit Negotiating the Future: the UK’s repositioning in Europe.
Negotiating the Future is a project funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), conducted as part of UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE), and led by University of East Anglia's (UEA) Professor Hussein Kassim. The materials presented are intended to complement The UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) website and, in line with the mission of that project, analysis is independent, non-partisan and impartial. 

Tuesday 27 April 2021 – After The Lockdowns: Did Covid-19 Kill Global Britain?


An epidemic flicks switches in our brains, making us warier, more introverted, more protectionist. We will emerge from the lockdowns into an altogether more pinched and authoritarian world. What does that mean for an internationally connected, commercial country like Britain?

Speaker: Daniel Hannan, Baron Hannan of Kingsclere

Daniel Hannan is an author and Conservative peer. He writes columns for the Washington Examiner and the Sunday Telegraph, and teaches at Buckingham University and at the University of Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. He serves on the UK Board of Trade and is President of the Initiative for Free Trade. He was previously a Member of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2020. His books include How We Invented Freedom and Why Vote Leave.

Tuesday 11 May 2021 - Brexit... Reversing 1000 Years of History Between These Islands



Speaker: John Bruton 

John Bruton is a former Fine Gael politician, member of the Irish parliament from 1969 to 2004, and party leader throughout the 1990s. He served in a number of ministerial positions, including Finance, the Public Service, Trade, and Industry and Energy, before he became Taoiseach (Prime Minister) in 1994. From 2004 to 2009, Mr Bruton was EU Ambassador to the US.

Tuesday 25 May 2021 – A United Kingdom? Brexit and the Future of the Union


The UK’s relationship with the EU has been an increasing source of tension between the four nations since the 2016 referendum. This panel looks at views from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on how relations with the EU should develop, and considers whether the devolved settlement as currently configured is under threat.



Katy Hayward

Katy Hayward is Professor of Political Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and a Senior Fellow of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe initiative. She is an Eisenhower Fellow (2019) and a Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University, and a non-executive Board member of the Centre for Cross Border Studies.

Nicola McEwen

Nicola McEwen is Professor of Territorial Politics in the School of Social and Political Science and Co-Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh, and Senior Research Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe. She is also a Research Fellow in a major ESRC-funded project, Between Two Unions: The Constitutional Future of the Islands after Brexit.

Dan Wincott 

Dan Wincott is Blackwell Professor of Law and Society at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, and based in the School’s Wales Governance Centre.  He is director the Economic and Social Research Council’s Governance after Brexit Research Programme and Research Director of the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe.

Tuesday 8 June 2021 – Back to the Future? The meaning of Global Britain


The lecture looks at Britain and the British empire as a global hegemon in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the policy choices and debates before Britain then, the disappearance of empire and the diminishing of British power after 1945, the legacies of empire on British thinking and policies, and what Global Britain may mean today.  

Speaker: Margaret MacMillan CC CH

Margaret MacMillan is professor of History at the University of Toronto and an emeritus professor of International History at Oxford University.  She was Provost of Trinity College, Toronto from 2002-7 and Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford from 2007-2017.  She is currently a trustee of the Central European University and the Imperial War Museum.  Her research specializes in British imperial history and the international history of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Publications include War: How Conflict Shaped Us, Paris, 1919, and The War that Ended Peace. She gave the CBC’s Massey lectures in 2015 and the BBC’s Reith Lectures in 2018.  Awards include the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction and the Governor-General’s literary award.  She has honorary degrees from several universities and is an honorary Fellow of the British Academy.  She is also a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Companion of Honour (UK).

Tuesday 22 June 2021 - Brexit, Revolution without End or a Stable Future?



Speaker: Dominic Grieve QC PC

Dominic Grieve QC PC is a British barrister, President of the European Movement, and former Conservative politician. He served as Shadow Home Secretary from 2008 to 2009 and Attorney General for England and Wales from 2010 to 2014, and was Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield between 1997 and 2019. He campaigned against Leave, strongly opposed a no deal Brexit, and sought to prevent the prorogation of Parliament by Boris Johnson