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Brexit, Biden and the Direction of Britain in 2021

What will these seismic events of early 2021 mean for the future of the Britain? A poorer, more isolated nation struggling to cope with the fallout of Brexit and the pandemic? Or a Britain asserting itself with a newfound confidence and sovereignty?

2021 is already set to be a monumental year for Britain. On January 1 we will have finally Brexited, with or without a deal. On January 20 Joe Biden will become President of the United States. And as we move towards the summer months more and more of us will be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

What will these seismic events mean for the future of the country? Will we see a poorer, more isolated nation struggle to cope with the fallout of Brexit and the pandemic? Or will Britain assert itself with a newfound confidence and sovereignty on the world stage? As we begin to return to ‘normal’ will we see a fairer more unified nation? Or will our economic and cultural divides open up and become even more pronounced? 

To discuss and debate these questions, Will Davies and Matthew Goodwin, two of Britain’s most popular political thinkers – one left-leaning, the other right-of-centre – joined us in January 2021.


Speakers

Speakers

Matthew Goodwin

Professor of Politics at Kent University


Author of the bestselling books Revolt on the Right and National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy. He is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Kent University, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Chatham House and has studied populist movements for over a decade.

William Davies

Political economist and author of This is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain


Political economist and author of This is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain. He is also the author of Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World and writes regularly for the London Review of Books, The Guardian and The New York Times.

 

 

Chair

Jenny Kleeman

Award winning journalist, broadcaster and documentary film-maker


Award winning journalist, broadcaster and documentary film-maker. She presents the Breakfast show on Times Radio from Friday to Sunday and is the author of Sex Robots and Vegan Meat: Adventures at the Frontier of Birth, Food, Sex & Death.

 

Speakers are subject to change.