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ENRICH-0400 – Curr Iss: Brexit (ENRICH-0400_BRXT)

Brexit: The United Kingdom's Vote to Leave the European Union

In the June 23, 2016 referendum, after more than 40 years of European Union (EU) membership, a majority of British voters surprised most observers by opting to exit from the EU. Why was there a call for the referendum? Why did “Leave” win? And why hasn’t an exit contagion spread to other EU states? Join Professor of Political Science Lisa Conant to examine these questions and to gain context into unfolding events across the pond. Since the 2016 vote, the British people have experienced protracted political conflict, including the resignation of two prime ministers, two snap elections and the long-anticipated British withdrawal from the EU on January 31, 2020. Yet “transitional arrangements” preserve full British access to the EU’s Single Market and maintain the authority of EU law in the U.K., through the end of 2020. Conant discusses why the vote happened, what impacts have been felt and what a future U.K. and EU might look like. Now that the U.K. has left the EU, but the future EU-U.K. relationship remains unspecified, to what extent does Brexit resemble what the “Vote Leave” campaign originally promised? How might the COVID-19 pandemic, which stalled U.K.-EU negotiations and slowed economies across Europe, affect the future U.K.-EU relationship? Come away with a more nuanced understanding of what’s happening in the U.K. and Conant’s thoughts on what’s next for Brexit.

Two Zoom sessions
Thur., Nov. 12, 19, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Lisa Conant, professor and chair, Department of Political Science, is author of the book Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union. She specializes in the politics of European legal integration, the Europeanization and globalization of national courts, and the relationship between legal mobilization and human rights protection in Europe.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 17Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $70


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday12th November 202019th November 202006:30PM - 08:30PMN/ALisa Conant