Keeping Europe’s cultural links alive

Ciarán Devane on the importance of continued collaboration after Brexit

The World Today
Published 28 July 2017 Updated 23 November 2020 2 minute READ

Sir Ciarán Devane

Chief Executive, British Council

It is difficult to make a case for collaboration in the arts, culture and education in Europe during a Brexit debate dominated by adversarial positions on trade, immigration and economics. But such a case needs to be made in a constructive and audible way. It is these quieter sectors that will underpin Britain’s future relationship with the continent, and ease fractious relationships as we break the political bonds that have accumulated over the 44 years since Britain joined the EEC.

The British Council’s EU-UK Culture and Education Series brought together leaders of the education, science and research, arts and culture sectors to discuss the future of collaboration in these fields between Britain and EU27 after Brexit.

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