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The UK, the EU and Parliamentary Democracy: a Saturday School for Politics & Government A-level Teachers and their Pupils

Venue: Online

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The purpose of this event – which is being organised under the auspices of the Jean Monnet Chair in Parliamentary Democracy and European Integration at Birkbeck – is to inform participants about a) the history of the UK’s relationship with the concept and practice of European integration since the 1950s until the present time and b) the evolving role of the Westminster Parliament in the UK’s policy on European matters. The speakers are research active and experienced public speakers who have written about the UK and the EU.

With the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union


Dr D. G. Dimitrakopoulos (Jean Monnet Chair);

Mr Matthew Bevington (researcher in the UK in a Changing EU think tank and doctoral student at Birkbeck’s Politics Department)

Part I (Dr D. G. Dimitrakopoulos)

9.15-9.45: History of European integration since 1945
9.45-10.15: The operation of the EU as a political system 

Coffee break

10.30:1100: The UK and the EU: from rejection to accession to membership until 2016

Part II (Mr Matthew Bevington)

11.15-11.45: The causes of Brexit (a review of the academic literature)
11.45-12.30: Post-referendum negotiations (incl. current state of play)
12.30-13.00: Roundtable discussion (involving both speakers)

This event will be held online and registered participants will be sent the link and given an indicative reading list in advance.  Access is free of charge but registration is required. 

Contact name:

  • Dr Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
  • Matthew Bevington