'Breaking Up Is So Very Hard To Do': Britain and the EU

Hosted by the Department of International History

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, United Kingdom


Professor Anne Deighton

Professor Anne Deighton

University of Oxford


Professor Matthew Jones

Professor Matthew Jones


How are we to understand all the arguments surrounding the 2016 referendum?

Where do we look for explanations, and how far back may we reach in this quest? Indeed, can the referendum and the subsequent ‘brexit’ negotiations be best understood through the lens of economics, politics - international and domestic, societal change, or legal procedures? It is now obvious that it is uncomfortable for mid-size powers to make proactive shifts in their international alignments. At the same time, it may be that the whole international system is undergoing its most profound challenge since World War II, and that Britain is just a part of this larger process. How can historians understand and make some sense of brexit while we are still ‘in the midst of events’?

Annual Lecture.

Professor Anne Deighton is the main speaker of this year's Annual Lecture. She is Emerita Professor of European International Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and is also a member of the University’s  Faculty of History. She is a fellow of Wolfson College. Anne writes on British foreign policy, the Cold War, European integration, and European security. Since June 2016 she has, primarily, been trying to understand the contemporary and historical  significancies of brexit by giving talks, and writing shorter publications. She has been a visiting professor at universities in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. She is a recently elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,  is a committee member of Conseil Scientifique de la Récherche Historique de la Défense, Ecole Militaire, France, and is on the Research Board of the Division for Social Science at the Research Council of Norway. She was a longstanding member of the Council and Executive Committee of Chatham House, London. Anne did her doctorate in the University of Reading, where she was then a lecturer, before moving to Oxford.

Professor Matthew Jones is Professor of International History and Head of the Department of International History at LSE.

The Department of International History (@lsehistory) teaches and conducts research on the international history of Britain, Europe and the world from the early modern era up to the present day.


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