Brexit, Britain and the Irish Question

Michael Burleigh, incoming Engelsberg Chair at LSE IDEAS, and Michael Cox, Director of LSE IDEAS, are in conversation regarding Brexit, Britain and the Irish Question.

Few - if any - of those making the case for Brexit gave much thought to the impact that leaving the EU would have on Ireland - North and South. But, as we have discovered, the impact has been massive. Indeed, not only has Brexit further divided two deeply divided communities in Northern Ireland, it has also placed a big question mark beside the future health of the Irish economy, done potential long-term damage to Anglo-Irish relations, and even threatened the all important Good Friday Agreement itself. Some would even go so far as to suggest that a vote that aimed to take the UK out of one Union might over time see the break up of another: the Union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Tne event marked the launch of the LSE IDEAS report: Ireland-UK Relations and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

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Event recorded 22 May 2019.


Michael Burleigh has been appointed as the first Engelsberg Chair for 2019-20 at LSE IDEAS. He is a leading historian who focuses primarily on Nazi Germany. He is the author of The Third Reich: a new history, which won the 2001 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction; Moral Combat, Blood and Rage; and Earthly Powers. His most recent book is The Best of Times, the Worst of Times. He has also won a British Film Institute Award for Archival Achievement and a New York Film and Television Festival Award Bronze Medal.

Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE.