Thu 25 Feb / Online

Britain In and Out of Europe

Online conversation with Robert Tombs and Sonia Delesalle-Stolper

In his latest book This Sovereign isle. Britain In and Out of Europe (Allen Lane, 2021), historian Robert Tombs shows that the decision to leave the EU is historically explicable – though not made historically inevitable – by Britain’s very different historical experience and because of more extensive and deeper ties outside Europe. The UK is a European country, but also an island unlike France, Germany, Poland or Hungary, and for most of the 150 centuries during which it has been inhabited, it has always been culturally and literally on the edge of mainland Europe.

In conversation with Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, editor-in-chief for foreign affairs at Libération, he will challenge the orthodox view that Brexit was due solely to British or English exceptionalism, arguing that the vote to leave was in fact typically European.

Thu 25 Feb 6.30pm | £5


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About our guests:

Robert Tombs is a historian. His books include Paris, bivouac des révolutions (Libertalia, 2014) and La France et le Royaume-Uni: Des ennemis intimes (Armand-Colin, 20212), written with his wife Isabelle Tombs. He has also written about The English and Their History (Penguin, 2015), and is a frequent commentator on history and politics, including Brexit, the subject of his new book, This Sovereign Isle: Britain In and Out of Europe, published by Allen Lane in January 2021.

To buy This Sovereign isle. Britain in and out of Europe, visit Allen Lane website.

Sonia Delesalle-Stolper began her career at Agence France Presse (AFP). In 1996, she joined the AFP bureau in London as a foreign correspondent. She covered the three general elections won by Tony Blair and the Northern Irish Peace Process. From 2002, she went on to work freelance for several publications, radio and TV, including Le Figaro, and Politique Internationale. For the last ten years, Sonia has been the UK and Ireland correspondent for Libération, and in 2021, she was appointed editor-in-chief for foreign affairs. She has co-authored Londres Out of The Box (Les Arènes, 2017).