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Brexit and the Politics of Fear

I arrived London on Thursday, the day of the BREXIT referendum. London looked the same as usual—people going about their business. I saw none of the “I voted” lapel stickers or the usual campaign signs or bumper stickers, which in this case would have read “remain” or “leave,” that one would see in America on a voting day. Probably a good many Londoners were going about their business as usual, confident that the “remain” side would win handily; London supported it by a significant margin, and must have thought the rest of the country would follow suit.

Brexit Demands a Disruptive Response

The United Kingdom’s stunning vote to leave the European Union will surely disrupt many assumptions about European integration, borders, trade, political elites, the generational divide, and more. 

The response needs to be as disruptive as the referendum result. 

We Are Right, You Are Wrong: Russia’s Response to Brexit

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Brexit will have some good consequences and some bad consequences, Russian president Vladimir Putin said in the immediate aftermath of the British vote. The president sounded restrained and impartial, leaving to lesser players the chance to cheer in public.

Wilson Center Director Jane Harman Interviews Christine Lagarde on Brexit, International Security, and Greece at the Aspen Ideas Festival

While at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Wilson Center Director Jane Harman sat down with Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde to discuss Brexit, international security and Greece. 


Is EU Going to Disintegrate?

The European Union is in serious trouble. A series of recent challenges have shown the flaws in the design of the union.

Like the structural flaws that caused the fall of Edgar Allan Poe’s “House of Usher,” the structural flaws of the EU could bring a similar fate. In Poe’s story, it was a minor zigzag crack in an aging wall that eventually widens into the full and final collapse of the house of Usher.

Where Does the UK Go From Here?

Michael J. Geary, Global Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Global Europe program, discusses the implications on the UK’s “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union. 

Teleconference | After Brexit: A New World Order?

On June 24, 2016, the world awoke to the news that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. What followed were days of speculation and instability. On June 27, The Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program hosted a Ground Truth Briefing teleconference entitled: “After Brexit: A New World Order?” The discussion focused on what can be expected for the UK’s domestic and foreign policy following the referendum. Opening remarks were made by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO, Congresswoman Jane Harman.

Wilson Experts Comment on Brexit

Comments from Wilson Center experts on the EU, UK and European politics, and economics in light of Brexit.

James Hollifield – Wilson Fellow and Professor of Political Science, Arnold Chair in International Political Economy at SMU

Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce

In his opinion piece “Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce,” Global Europe Global Fellow Michael Geary and co-author Kevin Lees address growing Euroscepticism across Britain ahead of the June 23 referendum on European Union membership. “Unhappy couples,” they argue, “simply do not stay together.” The authors trace the history of disagreement between the UK and the EU as evidence that the two have been building towards separation for decades. The British have long been deemed reluctant EU members – they are not part of the Eurozone or the Schengen area.

The UK’s Brexit Vote: Exiting the EU?

Wilson Center Global Europe Program Fellow, Michelle Egan, explains the dynamics in play on the eve of the Brexit vote.