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The Morning After report: The future of the UK’s Cultural Relationship with other European nations

"The British Council is the UK’s national body dedicated to building international understanding. We believe that in view of the result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership, the cultural connection between the UK and other European nations will remain vital, and can help to build confidence and trust in whatever political and economic settlement is finally reached." (Foreword, Morning After report).

Leading figures explore UK and EU’s cultural relationship in British Council collection of essays.

‘As a cultural union, Europe is unrivalled’ – Martin Roth, Director V&A

‘The Morning After Report: The future of the UK’s cultural relationship with other European nations’ is a new collection of essays published by the British Council – the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. 

In it, key figures from the worlds of culture, politics and science reflect on the UK’s cultural relationship with Europe in the wake of the EU referendum. Each was asked not to lobby for one position or another, but instead to imagine a constructive and realistic future for the UK’s cultural conversation.

The essays offer a way forward for such cultural exchange, which will be essential to the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The British Council’s European Union Director Rebecca Walton said: “What the referendum ballot paper did not ask is about the broader cultural connections between the UK and its European neighbours. These essays provide insight into the profound cultural connections that exist between Europeans”. 

The authors include Martin Roth (Director V&A); Nadia El-Sebai (Executive Director of the Arab British Centre); Agnes Catherine Poirier (Journalist, writer and broadcaster); Nick Barley (Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival) and Johannes Ebert (Secretary-General of the Goethe Institute). 

The report also includes an essay from Christos Carras, General Manager, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens “What is unique to the European Union is on the one hand the freedom to move and produce cultural work within the Union and on the other the incentives that are in place to create and maintain networks of cultural institutions.”

The report can be found in the download section below.