Article Published October 26th, 2017
Book launch: England Alone
Joint event by the Federal Trust and Global Policy Institute
Wednesday, 15th November 2017
17.30 – 19.30, followed by a reception
London Metropolitan University
London EC2M 6SQ
Launch and panel discussion of the late Stephen Haseler’s last book England Alone: Brexit and the Crisis of English Identity, which he completed shortly before his death in July.
The themes of England Alone as set out by Stephen Haseler are:
- The Brexit referendum result represents the end product of a crisis of English identity and confidence that has been building for over a century as the UK lost its role as a world empire.
- The Brexiteers live in a fantasy-land about our negotiating position and power in relation to the EU, and about the viability of a new ‘global role’. They have consistently overestimated the importance of the UK in the new global order.
- Brexit – the final result of a century of this delusion of grandeur – will, as we leave the world’s largest Single Market, leave us much poorer. And, as separatism grows in Scotland and Northern Ireland, it will also de-stabilise the Westminster state itself, including the monarchy, as the UK breaks up.
- So devastating was the EU referendum result that the existing Parliament, where there is an anti-Brexit majority, should, as an act of real as opposed to phoney patriotism, re-align the parties and reverse Brexit in order to stay in the EU.
Behind these four themes are four critical issues that were examined by the panel: Sovereignty, Citizenship, English Identity and English Futures.
Welcome & Introduction:
Professor Chris Dixon, Acting Director, Global Policy Institute
Chair: Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust
Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King’s College London
Dr. Andrew Blick, King’s College London
John Stevens, former MEP
Professor Sam Whimster, Global Policy Institute
Closing remarks: Professor Chris Dixon