Sun 25 Sep 2022, 8.00pm - 9.00pm

In his most recent book How Britain Ends, published in February 2021, Gavin Esler explores the possibility of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reinventing itself or, as the title suggests, coming to an end. 

The book examines what “being British” might mean in the 21st century - if anything - and whether the UK, which has reinvented itself every century since 1603, can begin a further restructuring for the 21st century.  

The challenge to unionists is to find new structures to keep the United Kingdom together. The challenge to nationalists is to ask themselves what “independence” really means in an increasingly inter-dependent world. 

Chaired by Jane Moncrieff, local broadcast journalist and producer. 


Gavin Esler 

Gavin is well-known for his reporting and presenting work at the BBC. He has been the main presenter on Dateline London on the BBC News Channel and BBC World and numerous other programmes, including Hardtalk. For eight years Gavin was the BBC’s Chief North America Correspondent, based in Washington and frequently reporting from the White House during the Clinton presidency, and he has also reported from many countries across the world. On his return to the UK, he joined the presenting team on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme, Newsnight. 

He left the BBC in 2018 and is now a freelance journalist and writer.  Gavin is a voting member of BAFTA and Chancellor of the University of Kent. 


This event is sponsored by RSM.