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II Round Table: Brexit, What's Next?

A panel of U-M faculty from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the U-M Law School met to contextualize and discuss the implications of the United Kingdom’s recent referendum to leave the European Union.


Geneviève Zubrzycki – moderator
Director, WCEE; CES; CPPS; CREES; Sociology

Daniel Halberstam (CES; WCED; Law School) will discuss the legal/structural cases behind the Brexit vote, and the legal issues with "Brexiting."

Kali Israel (CES, History) will provide a brief historical contextualization and focus on the party-political situation, and the constitutional and political issues regarding Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Pauline Jones (Director, International Institute; Political Science) will cover the political and economic implications of Brexit for Russia: what it gains and loses from the United Kingdom's impending departure from the EU and how that in turn affects the rest of the world.

Joshua Cole (CES; CMENAS; WCED; History) will conclude the panel with a reflection on the "trilemma" of contemporary politics that Brexit captures, namely, that nation-states can’t simultaneously have democracy, national sovereignty, and full integration into the global economy, relating the situation in the United Kingdom to that of the rise of the right elsewhere in Europe and the US.