Timothy Garton Ash: Brexitosis

With Guardian columnist and Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash, we discuss the current developments in the UK around Brexit, and his expectations for the future. What will happen to the UK after March 29th? What will Brexit look like in the end?


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The decision to delay Brexit until October 31, temporarily lowered the temperature of the crisis. In the meantime, the political parties in the UK are making last minute preparations for a European election they never expected to take part in, and which Theresa May is still hoping to avoid by passing a Brexit deal between now and May 22. 

What will Brexit look like in the end? What are the changes of a second referendum? And what will happen in the coming months in the UK? Guardian columnist and Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash discusses the current developments in the UK around Brexit and his expectations for the future. A lot can happen between now and June, let alone October…

Timothy Garton Ash will be joined in conversation by Paul Scheffer.

Spoken word artist Madi Maxwell-Libby will perform several pieces about Brexit and Europe.

About Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

He is the author of ten books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ including The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, & Prague, The File: A Personal History, In Europe’s Name and Facts are Subversive. He writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated, and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, amongst other journals.

About Paul Scheffer

Paul Scheffer is professor of European Studies at the universities of Tilburg and Amsterdam. Scheffer previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Warsaw and Paris, and is well-known for his work on multiculturalism and citizenship, on which he wrote the acclaimed Immigrant Nations (2007).

About Madi Maxwell-Libby

Madi Maxwell-Libby is an award-winning spoken word artist from London. She writes pieces on current political events for radio and theatre.

The programme is moderated by Marcia Luyten.

This programme is free of charge for members of We Are Public

This programme is part of the continuation of the Forum on European Culture. Forum on European Culture is a biennial forum on the strength, impact and value of art and culture for Europe.
The Forum is an initiative of DutchCulture and De Balie.

This programme has been supported by the European Cultural Foundation.



Prof. Timothy Garton AshBritish historian, author and commentator
Marcia LuytenWriter, journalist and moderator
Paul SchefferWriter, Professor of European Studies
Madi Maxwell-LibbySpoken word artist