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Breaking up is hard to do: the UK, BREXIT and the fate of the EU

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While running for office in 2015, British Prime Minister David Cameron, promised a referendum on Britain’s EU membership, declaring, "It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics."  The European Union is on a sticky wicket, as the Brits might say: slow economic recovery has been shaken by the migrant crisis and now, a possible British exit from the EU. What is Brexit? Why does it matter and what do we need to know about the upcoming June 23 referendum? Seen by many as a campaign-ploy to quell a rebellion by Conservative Eurosceptics and as an entitled grab for "special status" within the EU by others, but how does it pencil out in the short- and near-term? Moreover what will be the long-term economic and political consequences for both the United Kingdom and Europe? Join us for a discussion with EU scholar Birol Yesilada of PSU's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, as we sift through the hard facts and potential aftershocks of this landmark referendum.

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