Brexit: causes and consequences

Fecha y hora

6/01/20 al 10/01/20 - lunes , martes , miércoles , jueves , viernes - 14:00 hrs.


  • Auditorio del Instituto de Estudios Internacionales (Av. Condell 249, Providencia, Santiago, Chile)

Dirigido a

  • Público en general


  • Instituto de Estudios Internacionales


  • $ 150.000

Program coordinator:

Prof. Dominic Sowa


The UK is currently in the midst of its most significant political crisis since the Second World War, following the fateful decision of the British population to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum. The decision sent shockwaves around the world and has destabilised the British political system. In trying to fulfil the wishes of the public, politicians have divided the nation even further, following a polarising referendum campaign, and brought up fundamental questions about the future of the country. Since then, the UK seems stuck, lurching from one political crisis to another, unable to pass a withdrawal bill or develop political consensus regarding the future of the its relationship with Europe and the wider world.  This course, the first to be given in English at the IEI, aims to place Brexit within an appropriate historical context to understand its short and long-term causes, and to understand its troubled relationship with the European project since its beginning. It looks to identify the possible consequences that the decision will have on the country and how it will affect the UK’s place in the world.

The course will ask the following:

  • What has been Britain’s historical relationship to the European project?
  • What are the causes of Britain’s decision to leave to EU?
  • What are the constitutional, political, economic, social and cultural implications of its decision?
  • What does the future hold for the integrity of the United Kingdom?
  • How does this decision affect the international position of the country?


14:00 - 15:30

A short history of Brexit: From the origins as the European Coal and Steel Community to the European Communities

-Why did Britain want to join and why did France reject it?

-Why did the issue of Europe divide the Labour party?

-Why was a referendum held in 1975?

To be defined

16:00 - 17:30

A short history of Brexit: From the European Union to the referendum

-How has the orignal European project changed?

-Why did the UK not join the Euro?

-What are opt outs?

-Where does UKIP originate from?

To be defined

14:00 - 15:30

The renegotiation, campaign and referendum

-Why did David Cameron choose to hold a referendum?

-What was renegotiated between the UK and the UE before the referendum?

-Who campaigned for what?

To be defined

16:00 - 17:30

Public opinion, the media and national identity

-Do British people feel European?

-What effect did the media have on the referendum?

-What effect did British regional identity have on the referendum?

To be defined

14:00 - 15:30

Economic causes and consequences

-Was Brexit caused by economic factors?

-How were economic arguments used in the campaign?

-How will Brexit affect the British and European economy?

To be defined

16:00 - 17:30

The legal situation: courts, constitutions and article 50

-What place do referendums have in the British legal system?

-What is the relationship between parliament and the prime minister?

-Why are the courts involved in Brexit?

To be defined

14:00 - 15:30

Withdrawal negotiations and the different types of Brexit

-What have the UK and the EU been negotiating?

-What are the negotiating strategies of both?

-Why has no deal been reached yet?

-What is the difference between a hard and soft Brexit?

To be defined

16:00 - 17:30

The political effects of Brexit

-How is Brexit affecting the British political system?

-What consequences does it have for political parties?

-How will Brexit affect the union between England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland?

To be defined

14:00 - 15:30

The implications of Brexit for Europe

-Does Brexit mean the end of the European Union?

-How does the European Union have to change post-Brexit?

To be defined

16:00 - 17:30

Britain and the world

-How does Brexit affect the UK’s standing in the world?

-Does Brexit make Britain weaker or stronger on the international stage?

To be defined