Tuesday 13 June - Wednesday 14 June 2023

Summer School: British Foreign Policy after Brexit


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You must book a place to attend the summer school. 

Summer School: British Foreign Policy after Brexit

  • Tuesday 13 June, 12 noon-5:30pm, LTL (Lecture Theatre L)
  • Wednesday 14 June, 9:30am-5pm, LTM (Lecture Theatre M)

The summer school features contributions from several members of our Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE), including our founder Professor Amelia Hadfield. High-profile speakers from other institutions include: Professor Simon Usherwood (Open University and CBE research associate), Professor Richard Whitman (University of Kent and Chatham House), Professor Sarah Wolff (Queen Mary University), Professor Christopher Hill (University of Cambridge) and Professor Gianfranco Baldini (University of Bologna and CBE research associate). We will cover topics such as: Global Britain After Brexit, UK-EU relations, European Security and Cooperation.

The summer school is free to attend but you need to book a place online.

We are particularly keen to welcome undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD researchers, from our Surrey community and other universities.

Travel grants are available. To apply for one, please read the information below: 

Travel grants for doctoral students (3 available):

Award criteria

The travel grants (up to a maximum of £100 each) are intended to support attendance at the summer school for self-funded students in doctoral training (PhD students) currently based in the UK and whose research interests are directly related to the content of the summer school. Successful applicants will be notified by email.


Please forward an updated academic CV and a brief note from your supervisor, confirming your self-funded status, to the following email address: politics@surrey.ac.uk.


Day 1.13 June 2023.   12 noon-5:30pm.   Location: LTL (Lecture Theatre L)
12 noon-1pmBuffet lunch (for speakers)
1pm-2pmKeynote – Professor Amelia Hadfield. “UK Foreign Policy post-Brexit: Sunlit Uplands or Damage Limitations?”

Global Britain Panel

Chair: Professor Daniele Albertazzi


  • Professor Simon Usherwood: “British European policy post-Brexit”
  • Dr Nikolaos Gkotsis-Papaioannou: “The EU and the UK: hesitant global powers in an age of uncertainty?”
  • Catarina Liberato: “Make the Special Relationship Great Again: Brexit implications and the US influence on the Global Britain strategy”

Global Britain after Brexit roundtable

Chair: Dr Alia Middleton


  • Professor Gianfranco Baldini
  • Professor Theofanis Exadaktylos
  • Professor Richard Whitman
  • Dr Nicholas Wright
7pm onwardsDinner (for speakers)


Day 2.14 June 2023.   9:30am - 5pm.   Location: LTM (Lecture Theatre M)


European Cooperation panel

Chair: Professor Amelia Hadfield


  • Christian Turner: “The European Political Community – A New Forum for a Multifaceted Europe”
  • Dr Benjamin Martill: “Brexit as a Failed Negotiating Strategy”
  • Lucia Frigo: “A Transformed Network of European Foreign Intelligence: What Role for a Post-Brexit UK?”


Keynote address: Professor Christopher Hill: “Returning to Europe: A bilateral relations 'strategy'”

Introduced by Professor Amelia Hadfield


Buffet lunch (for speakers)


UK-EU relations post-Brexit and post-Ukraine panel

Chair: Dr Nick Kitchen


  • Professor Sarah Wolff: “Perspectives on the Franco-British relationship, EU-UK migration cooperation and across the EPC”
  • Professor Richard Whitman: “Muddling through as the best of Frenemies: UK Preferences and Practices in the Post-Brexit EU-UK Foreign, Security and Defence Policy Relationship”
  • Professor Gianfranco Baldini: “Did Brexit tame Euroscepticism in Europe?”


European Security Cooperation today roundtable

Chair: Christian Turner


  • Professor Christopher Hill
  • Professor Amelia Hadfield
  • Dr Laura Chappell



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