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In his address to the IIEA, Douglas Carswell outlines his views on Brexit and the direction in which UK politics is heading. He argues that the perception in Ireland of the forces driving Brexit as atavistic or reactionary is wrong and ultimately dangerous. In his view, both Dublin and Brussels have made serious miscalculations in their approach to Brexit, and these miscalculations increase the chances of an ‘absolute departure’ – and a geopolitical upheaval with the EU’s restless neighbour.

About the Speaker:

Douglas Carswell is a British former Member of Parliament who in 2014 became the first elected MP for the UK Independence Party (UKIP), representing Clacton. He was previously elected as a Conservative. Co-founder of Vote Leave, the official campaign that won the EU referendum, he stood down at the 2017 General Election. His book, Progress Vs Parasites, a brief history of the conflict that’s shaped our world, is published by Head of Zeus in June 2019.