Episode 71: One good thing could come out of Brexit – a bonfire of national illusions

with David Edgerton

1st February 2021

As the four nations of the United Kingdom struggle to reconcile themselves to life outside the EU are we witnessing the gradual unravelling of the illusions and delusions that have dominated the traditional British political elite? Is this end of the “era of self-deception” the one positive aspect of Brexit? And, if the project itself is overwhelmingly English, what does this mean for the future of the union between the four nations? To answer these questions hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper are joined by historian David Edgerton, a professor at Kings College London and author of The Rise and Fall of the British Nation.

For more information on the ideas covered in the podcast see:
Guardian article
The book

Producer: Luke Cooper
Sound editor: Ben Higgins Milner


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