‘We will be leaving the European Union on the 29th of March 2019’. Prior to asking the EU for an extension to the end of March deadline, Theresa May had made this assertion in public over one hundred times since the UK, in 2017, gave notification of its intention to leave under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
Exactly two years on from that notification, the panel reflects on how events have unfolded and what the future holds for Brexit, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Was it inevitable that reaching agreement on withdrawal, both between the UK and the EU and within the UK parliament, would prove so difficult?
What lessons can the UK draw from the last two years that might be useful in future negotiations with the EU?
What does the EU want from its long-term relationship with the UK and what might that relationship look like in five years’ time?
Anna Isaac, Economics and Trade Correspondent, The Telegraph
Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion
Sir Ivan Rogers KCMG, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union (2013-17); Author, 9 Lessons in Brexit
Dr Norbert Röttgen MdB, Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Bundestag
Robert Tombs, Professor of Modern European History, University of Cambridge; Author, The English and their History
Chair: Nick Robinson, Presenter, The Today Programme