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.