On Thursday 30 May, CCC Fellow, Professor Michael Kenny will be speaking alongside Adam Price, the leader of Plaid Cymru, and Eluned Morgan, Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, at the world famous Hay Literary Festival.
The talk will discuss the Brexit implications for Wales and for the coherence of the United Kingdom, and follows on from Kenny’s work as one of the external experts convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit.
Professor Kenny commented: 'The stunning collapse of support for the Welsh Labour party and the strong performance of its nationalist rival Plaid Cymru in the recent European elections is a telling example of the interrelationship between Brexit and the politics of national identity. Right across the UK, Brexit has generated a new fault-line in politics, cutting across existing party loyalties, and empowering those parties that speak in a direct and clear way to the causes of Leave and Remain. This panel provides a great opportunity to try to understand these trends, and to explore the different insights and perspectives that leading politicians and academic research bring to the increasingly existential question about the future of the UK as a multi-national state. It should be a fascinating conversation.'