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Tuesday, 30 April 2019
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

Location

CIS, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney, 2000, NSW

Britain after Brexit

Pundits all too often call political fiascos “circuses.” But rarely does a political class oblige by providing several rings of entertainment at once. Such was the British Conservative government’s attempts to leave the European Union in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Tories under former Prime Minister Theresa May plunged into one melodrama after another. The British Labour Party under socialist Jeremy Corbyn was vacillated and equivocated over Brexit. As for the British public, their trust in Westminster dissipated dramatically since the 52%-48% referendum to leave nearly three years ago.

Alexander Downer, former foreign minister (1996-07) and high commissioner in Britain (2013-18) and Tim Montgomerie, founder of ConservativeHome, a centre-right political blog in the UK, and former editorial page editor of The Times in conversation with our own Tom Switzer sat down to analyze UK’s road to Brexit.