As Brexit negotiations proceed, all eyes are on the actions and perspectives of the UK government and the European Commission – but how do the perspectives of other major EU member nations feed into the process? British history has often been deployed by participants in the debate, but how might other national histories have brought us to this moment? And what does the political class in France make of the post-Brexit future?
SPEAKER: Dr Sophie Loussouarn is an Assistant Professor in British History at the University of Amiens and a Visiting Professor at the University of Alicante in Spain where she gives a seminar on Brexit. She is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) and Oxford (Wadham College). She graduated from the Institute of Political Science in Paris and published a biography of Tony Blair (2009) and of David Cameron (2010). Sophie is often interviewed on British politics and Brexit on French television and radio. She organized an international conference on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in Amiens in December 2015. Her article on “Gillray and the French Revolution” was published in National Identities in June 2015.
RESPONDENT: The Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP is Conservative Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield and has taken a prominent role in the Brexit debate both within and outside Parliament. He is President of the Franco-British Society and a recipient of the Légion d'honneur.
Note: Mr Grieve has unfortunately had to withdraw from the event and has sent his apologies.
CHAIR: Michael Jay, Baron Jay of Ewelme is a crossbench member of the House of Lords, and previously served as the UK Ambassador to France and Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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