Are the English the real problem?

Timothy Garton Ash Robert Tombs Alex von Tunzelmann Nick Pearce Anthony Barnett Suzanne Moore

Great Hall

May 13th, 2017, 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm


Burgeoning English consciousness is a powerful new driver in the politics of the UK. Where did it come from and why?

With the English voting 53.4%–46.4 % to leave the EU, some say that Brexit is the triumph of English nationalism over the more European-minded nations of the United Kingdom. Must English political expression take the form of Britishness? Must England enforce devolution on the Scots rather than permit independence? Is a federal union possible, with an English parliament? Why are the English more anti-European than their neighbours? Could an English nationalism become the precursor to an easier, more equitable relationship between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom and the EU?

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