The Arthur Berriedale Keith Forum on Commonwealth Constitutionalism with the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law
Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE FBA FRHistS
Entry into the European Community in 1973 was a momentous event – with seismic consequences for the politics and constitution of Britain. Discussion of Brexit, equally momentous, has been confined almost wholly to looking at the economic consequences of Britain’s withdrawal from Europe. But what will happen to the constitution? Vernon Bogdanor looks at the impact of Brexit on our constitution - on Parliament, on the courts, on individual rights, and, above all, on the question of whether the United Kingdom can be held together.
VERNON BOGDANOR CBE is Professor of Government at the Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College, London. He was formerly for many years Professor of Government at Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of Albania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel, Mauritius. Slovakia and Trinidad. His many books include: The Monarchy and the Constitution (OUP 1995) and The New British Constitution (Hart 2009). He is currently writing a multi-volume work on British political history from 1895 to 1997. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press. He was a consultant for the film about Churchill, `Darkest Hour’ with Gary Oldman and the play about the Queen, `The Audience’ with Helen Mirren.In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. In 2009 he was made a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by President Sarkozy. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford, an Honorary D. Litt. of the University of Kent, and an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple.