Brexit and the future of British Politics


With Britain now scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October, and no withdrawal agreement on offer apart from the one already rejected by parliament three times, the British political system finds itself at a challenging crossroads – challenges made greater still by the current Tory leadership race and the possibility of a general election later this year.

Sir John Curtice will unpack the current political climate and outline what recent polling suggests about the British public’s views on Brexit. How have the public responded to the Brexit impasse? How is this, in turn, affecting support for the two major political parties, as well as ‘challenger’ parties such as the Brexit Party, the Greens, and the Liberal Democrats? What are the implications of these developments for the Tory leadership contest and the challenges facing the next prime minister as the Conservatives try to form a viable government and end the Brexit deadlock?

Speaker: Sir John Curtice, Senior Fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe, and Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde

Chair: Thomas Raines, Head, Europe Programme, Chatham House

Date: 10 July 2019

Time: 8:00am to 9:15am

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