The Crisis of British National Identity

The Crisis of British National Identity

Lord Bhikhu Parekh

Series Name DICE Lecture Series
Speaker Lord Bhikhu Parekh
Type Lectures & Talks
When 01 Nov 2018, 06:00PM - 08:00PM
Venue Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
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The current controversy about Britain and the European Union is basically between two different ways of understanding and maintaining British national identity. For Brexiteers, Britain is both singular and global, having a history and a geography of its own that marks it off from other countries and it enjoys ties with the rest of the world, including the old Empire and Commonwealth. For Brexiteers, when it joined the European Union Britain acted out of character and inevitably paid a heavy price. For Remainers, Britain has always been an integral part of Europe, its European roots and values mediate its singularity and global reach.

Its continuing membership of the European Union expresses and reinforces its identity. Can these deeply held and passionate views be reconciled? What does the Brexit debate mean for diverse communities like those living in Leicester?

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