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Brexit and empire: a long-term view

Can a long-term and comparative understanding of the nature of imperial identities shed light on some of the dynamics behind Brexit? The ways in which empires – and their collapse – transform their central regions as much as the colonies constitute a significant part of the story, argues Andrew Gardner, summarising an article recently published in the Journal of Social Archaeology.
Andrew Gardner (Institute of Archaeology)
20 February 2017
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Starts: Feb 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The government's Brexit white paper: a missed opportunity

Nicholas Wright from the UCL School of Public Policy analyses the government's recent White Paper on Brexit.
Nicholas Wright (SPP)
17 February 2017
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Starts: Feb 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The process of Brexit: What comes next?

In a new report published jointly by the UCL Constitution Unit and the UCL European Institute, Alan Renwick,  Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit, examines what the process of Brexit is likely to look like over the coming weeks, months, and years. Here he summarises five key lessons.
Alan Renwick (Constitution Unit)
8 February 2017
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Starts: Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

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Macmillan, Heath, Wilson and Europe: What did they do for us? Or did they just do for us?


4 October 2012

Sir Stephen Wall, formerly the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU and subsequently Tony Blair’s EU adviser, draws for this debate on his most recent book examining British politics towards the European Community from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. His discussant, Gill Bennett, former chief Historian of the FCO provides some in depth insights.


Sir Stephen Wall from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Gill Bennett from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


Macmillan, Heath, Wilson and Europe: What did they do for us? Or did they just do for us? (Total Lecture) from UCL European Institute on Vimeo.


  • Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council, formerly the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU
  • Discussant: Gill Bennett, former chief Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Chair: Professor Richard Bellamy, UCL School of Public Policy


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