Britain and Europe: What next?

Ref: C2342974

Given the geographical proximity of Britain to the continent, there are many areas of mutual concern and interest, and close co-operation between the two parties will often be in the interests of both. What might the future relationship look like? How might it evolve over the next 10-20 years? How will areas of disagreement (over the status of Northern Ireland, for example) affect the relationship? Following an introduction from the tutor, this session will give participants an opportunity to discuss the issues that concern them. As an economist, I am particularly interested in the economic consequences of the Brexit settlement: what will be necessary for the UK economy to thrive outside of the EU, in order to overcome the short run disruption of past close relationships and the weakening of existing ties?

Course aim

Brexit does not mark the end of Britain's engagement with Europe. This presentation and discussion will attempt to set out the possible parameters of the future relationship: what will relations look like over the next couple of decades?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of and briefly explain at least 2 of the complexities of the challenges facing Britain in its relations with Europe.
  • Articulate my concerns, ask questions and begin to form my own opinions.
  • Explore, understand more and explain about the debate over Britain's role in, and relationship with, Europe.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Additional readings and resources will be suggested in class, or as part of a post-class follow-up

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • Contributions to discussion will be acknowledged and encouraged

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • The session is experimental - to see how well discussion goes, and to assess the viability of future similar events.

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Britain and Europe: What next?

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