Britain’s Brexit Turmoil after the European Parliament Elections: Communities in Collision or Cohesion?

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Dr Madeleine Ward

Researcher, Theos Think Tank

Jonathan Fryer

Freelance journalist on International Affairs

Jonathan Fryer is a freelance journalist on international affairs, working mainly for the BBC, the Guardian and Diplomat magazine. He also lectures part-time at SOAS.He is the author of 13 non-fiction books -- mainly biographies -- some of which have been translated into various languages.

Prof Adam Fagan

Professor of European Politics as well as Vice-Dean (Education) for the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

The discussion aims to explore the impact of Brexit on our communities in London and beyond as the issue has had a significant impact on community relations, perhaps much more than what we had initially comprehended. As one scholar put it ‘being a ‘Remainer’ or a ‘Leaver’ has become part of people’s self-identity, and a label to which they feel an emotional bond.’ No doubt, the divorce process with the EU has exerted its influence in the recent European Parliament election results; further revealing the deepening polarisation In British society. Essentially, as many have argued, the country is fundamentally split into two with no clear path to a resolution which could possibly ignite a series of societal crises in the UK. Given the current climate and tensions both locally and globally, building and maintaining good community relations is even more paramount and the discussion aims to contribute to this.

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