• 28 + Brexit Cafe, London 2017

    Monday 30th October 2017

    4.30-6.30, Mucci's Restaurant

    Queen Mary University,



    We are a multi-generational, multidisciplinary and gender-balanced team of researchers from Loughborough University, UK. We have won funding from the ESRC to be part of its UK in a Changing Europe programme. We're aiming to support the UK's Brexit process with high-quality research that reaches as many people as possible. We think that the best Brexit for the UK is one that is well-informed and, crucially, well-understood.

  • Our project zooms in on the other member states: the EU27. What are they - their governments, their political parties, their peoples - thinking about Brexit? Just as important, what are they feeling about Brexit? Brexit debates have been just as heated in other national capitals as in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, and Brexit gets brandished by those with their own political (sometimes extremist) agendas in the other member states. These views and these emotions feed into Brussels itself, where negotiators have to try and combine them into a clear set of guidelines for the Brexit negotiations.

    We go behind the scenes in the national capitals and the EU's own capital city of Brussels, and through a network of partners and consultants, we're casting our net as widely as we can to identify people who want - who need - to know about our research. We will hold three events between September 2017 and September 2018 to share our findings, and write and speak about them along the way

  • If you are interested in being part of this project, please contact us using the details provided BELOW. We want to hear from you.


    Thank you.

    Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE113TU
    01509 222989

    Professor Helen Drake

    Principal Investigator

    Professor Helen Drake is the project principal investigator and a professor of French and European Studies at Loughborough University. Alongside the management of the 28+ project she is leading the French case study, and liaising with Brexit stakeholders via the UK in a Changing Europe evidence hub

    Dr. Borja Garcia Garcia


    Dr Borja García is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management at Loughborough University. He is a world leading expert in the study of the EU sport policy. A former journalist, in this project Dr García will be in charge of the communication and dissemination strategy. He will liaise with academic and non-academic audiences to communicate the findings on the 28+ perspective on Brexit. He will also contribute to the project doing research on the impact of Brexit for sport in the UK

    Dr. Elena Georgiadou


    Dr Elena Georgiadou is a lecturer in International Management at Loughborough University. Elena lectures in International Negotiations, International Business and Enterprise and Employability. Her research intersects International Business and International Negotiations, and concerns business internationalisation and the development of strategic commercial diplomacy to facilitate SME access to international business ecosystems. She is currently researching Brexit negotiations working on mapping Brexit negotiations’ stakeholders and their needs into a dynamic, living map as well as engaging in meta-analysis in the field of EU negotiations theory and practice.

    Dr. Stijn van Kessel


    Dr Stijn van Kessel is Lecturer in Politics at Queen Mary University, London. His main research interests are populism and the discourse, voters and electoral performance of populist parties in Europe. He will oversee the comparative research on Brexit in election campaigns and research the cases of the Netherlands and Germany in particular.

    Dr. Nicola Chelotti


    Dr Nicola Chelotti is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University, London campus. His research interests and expertise include international/European negotiations and policy processes. In this project, Dr. Chelotti will analyze the Brussels negotiations ecosphere, evaluating the positions of the 27 member states and of EU institutions in the Brexit negotiations. He will also oversee the case study of populism, Brexit and the Italian elections.

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    Outside of London, Brussels is the European capital where Brexit receives possibly the highest attention, for a number of obvious reasons. Most significantly, the UK withdrawal is actually the first divorce of/from the European Union (EU); and Brussels, as the heart of the European project, has been certainly hit where it hurts. However, unlike London where Brexit is understandably still a sort of obsession and is everywhere in the blogosphere, Brexit as a topic of conversation has been increasingly normalised.



    Dear Prime Minister,

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