Brexit is arguably the most significant geopolitical challenge that Western Europe has had to face since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Added to this, the rise of populism calls into question the future of the European Union itself. In order to fully understand the origin and impact of these challenges it is necessary to put them into some historical context. Professor O’Rourke will consider the issues presented by Brexit by asking the questions ‘How did we get here and what might the future hold?’
Dr Hayward, who has presented widely on the topic of Brexit and Northern Ireland/Ireland, will provide a formal response to the lecture by Professor O’Rourke. In doing so, Dr Hayward will contextualise and comment on the arguments made in relation to Northern Ireland and allow the audience to engage with how Brexit and more generally the anti-globalisation backlash has played out in Northern Ireland.