Brexit, Borders and Belonging

On 23 June 2016 the United Kingdom held a referendum to answer the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

Overall the UK voted 52% leave and 48% remain. As a consequence of the vote, there has been much negotiation, discussion and legal cases to explore what “Brexit” means and what the end result of Brexit will look like.  Whilst the Referendum delivered the decision to leave the Referendum did not spell out the future shape of Brexit so consequently, there is much work to be done to determine this.

“Brexit, borders and belonging” will be an opportunity to explore the Brexit referendum, its context, and wider implications and impact on culture, church, community, politics, belonging and society.

Objectives include:

  • provide a radical and honest space for enquiry
  • critique the Brexit referendum and its results and in the wider context of growing intolerance and the narrowing of views on identity and belonging
  • explore the impact of Brexit on local communities and its effect on social cohesion and citizenship
  • consider how fear, suspicion and insularity run counter the church’s identity, and missional vocation
  • interrogate the place of the church as one institution which believes in “solidarity beyond borders”
  • review the place of the European protestant reformation and its contribution to shaping European identity(ies)
  • analyse the sources of Brexit and the growing propensity towards insularity and some of the reasons
  • explore the theological implications of Brexit, Borders and Belonging in the midst of empire (s)
  • explore the impact of Brexit in different local contexts e.g. rural, finance, trade
  • construct alternative visions of partnering after Brexit
  • develop online resources for discussion and exploration in local congregations

This discussion will be held in Birmingham from 11 – 14 December 2018.