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15 March 2019

Timothy Garton Ash: BREXIT! Britain's Place in the Wider Crisis of Europe

15 Mar 2019 (Fri) 4:30-6:00pm
CDP-3.04, Centennial Campus, HKU

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The deadline for Brexit – the first time a member state has ever left the European Union – is just days away, on 29 March. What are the causes of this extraordinary development? Why have the negotiations gone up to the cliff's edge? Is there still a chance of a second referendum? And how does this very British (some would say specifically English) development fit into the wider crisis of the European project, including populism in Italy, Hungary and Poland, the state of the Eurozone, the refugee crisis, the challenge from Vladimir Putin, the 'yellow vest' protests in France, and much more?

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of ten books on history and politics, including The Polish Revolution: Solidarity; The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague; The File: A Personal History; In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided Continent and Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name. He writes on international affairs in the Guardian and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

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