Date/Time: Wed 16 Aug / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Politics and International Relations Seminar Series
Carry On Regardless: the 2017 UK General Election and its Implications for Brexit and Australia
The 2017 UK General Election will go down in history as the greatest miscalculation by any British Prime Minister since last year. This is not a glib point, but serves to underline the difficulty that analysts and politicians alike have in reading the popular mood. If the 2017 campaign was an unusual one then interpretations of its outcome were even more so. The election was seen as a triumph for Jeremy Corbyn even though Labour gained 56 seats fewer than its main rival. It was seen as a disaster for the Conservatives even though they gained two million more votes than Labour. It was a major setback for the Scottish National Party who retained two thirds of all seats in Scotland. Although hailed as a vote against austerity, a vote for a softer Brexit or a vote for a united kingdom little changed in the immediate aftermath of the election: Theresa May remained as Prime Minister; her cabinet remained dominated by ‘hard’ Brexiteers; and the UK government remains on its post-Brexit Anglosphere trajectory. As the Westminster Parliament heads into its summer recess, questions remain about who will captain the ship of state and whether it is heading for an iceberg.
Dr Ben Wellings is the Deputy-director, Monash European and EU Centre and Secretary of the Australia-European University Institute Fellowship Association Inc. He is the author of English Nationalism and Euroscepticism: losing the peace (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012). He is also the author of ‘Our Island Story: England, Europe and the Anglosphere Alternative’, Political Studies Review, 14, 3: 368-77; ‘Populism and Sovereignty: the EU Act and the In-Out Referendum, 2010-15’, Parliamentary Affairs, 69, 2: 309-26 (withe Emma Vines); ‘Euro-myth: war, nationalism and the legitimacy of the European Union , National Identities, 18, 2: ; and ‘Euroscepticism and the Anglosphere: traditions and dilemmas in contemporary English nationalism’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 53, 1: 123-39 (with Helen Baxendale).
Wednesday 16 Aug
2:00pmm – 4:00 pm
(Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk,
RSVPs and further information, please contact Paul Muldoon on99052972