This seminar will examine the likely course and outcome of the Brexit process and argue that it is an act of disintegration. It remains unclear what kind of Brexit will occur. Does the soft Brexit proposed by Theresa May stand any chance of succeeding? Will there be a disorderly, no deal Brexit? What do ‘Remainers’ and ‘Brexiteers’ hope to achieve? The consequences of Brexit will be felt far beyond the UK: what will the impact be on the EU and beyond both in commercial and political terms?
About the Speaker:
Dr Spyros Economides is Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at the London School of Economics and Director of its the Hellenic Observatory. He was a Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College and at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He has a also served as Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, USA, and in the Faculties of Political Science at the Universities of Zagreb, Croatia and Belgrade, Serbia. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the EU Centre in Singapore. His current research concentrates the external relations and security policies of the EU; Europeanisation and foreign policy, and the EU’s relationship with the Western Balkans. Dr Economides is also a regular commentator in national and international media on issues relating to Greece and those of the Western Balkans. His latest publication is Economides and Sperling (eds.) EU Security Strategies: Extending the EU System of Security Governance (2018).