Schapiro Lecture: The Would-Be Federation Next Door – What Next for Britain?

Helen Thompson reflects on the changing nature of the EU as a federation and will seek to map post-Brexit options for the UK within this history.

Members event, Lecture Recording
6 February 2020 — 6:00PM TO 7:15PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Since its beginning in the 1950s, the evolution of European integration has created a series of predicaments for the UK which has been forced again and again to redefine its relationship with the European entity. As Britain seeks to leaves the European Union, it will again need to find a new relationship with it at a time when the future of the US commitment to Europe is also uncertain.

  • Assuming Brexit takes place, to what extent could the federalization of the EU pose issues for the UK? What does a move towards federalization mean for security globally?

  • And how would Britain and Northern Ireland navigate a relationship with a customs union federation?


The Schapiro Lecture is published in Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics.

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