Brexit: A Love Story?
By BBC Radio 4
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You know we’re leaving the EU but this is the story of how the UK got here. Mark Mardell uncovers the fractious yet intriguing story of Britain’s relationship with the EU.
||Clean17. Lancaster House and red lines||Mark Mardell dissects Theresa May's infamous Lancaster House speech||14 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. Article 50 and the Avatar of Hate||Mark Mardell unpicks how – and when – Article 50 was triggered||6 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Road to Conference||Mark Mardell considers the role of Mrs May’s chiefs of staff in her first months at No10||29 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Inside May's Mind||Mark Mardell delves into what the Prime Minister really thought about the EU||22 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. An Island Nation||Mark Mardell finishes his journey through Britain's 45 year relationship with the EU||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Five miscalculations and a resignation||Mark Mardell asks whether David Cameron's decisions over Europe led to his own demise||6 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Banging on about Europe||Mark Mardell charts the rise of UKIP and the effect it had on the Conservative party||24 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Pole position||Mark Mardell looks at how EU migration shaped the Brexit debate||2 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. Blair, Brown and a bike ride||Mark Mardell remembers the push and pull of Europe under New Labour||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. The Most Successful Party That Never Won A Seat||Mark Mardell gets to grips with Sir James Goldsmith and his Referendum Party||5 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Major and the mad cows||Mark Mardell returns to a health crisis recast into familiar territory: a Brussels battle||22 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Major’s Bastards and the Battle of Maastricht||Mark Mardell revisits the tensions in the Conservative party over the Maastricht Treaty||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Up Yours Delors!||Mark Mardell considers the role of the press in influencing public opinion about the EU||24 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. From Bruges to Bust||Mark Mardell explores the role of Europe in Margaret Thatcher's downfall||10 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Battling Maggie's blues||Mark Mardell follows Margaret Thatcher's fight to reduce Britain's bill to the EEC||26 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Yes to Britain in Europe||Mark Mardell examines the 1975 referendum to remain in the European Economic Community||13 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Fanfare for the future||Mark Mardell navigates his way through the early days of the UK's love affair with the EU||29 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Engaging - great journalism. As easy listen.
After two and a half years of it ... who would want to listen to a podcast about Brexit ?*
(*the UK’s attempt to leave Europe)
And who would be able to make such a podcast interesting ???
The answer is here - a first rate journalist’s task is to take a complicated and frankly dull subject that spans 40+ years of UK history and tell it in a way that makes you want to hear more.
The background, the key players, the newspaper headlines ... the music Ted Heath played, the straight cucumbers, hand bagging ... it’s all here.
Bravo Mark Mardell!
A fantastic, thoroughly informative podcast series covering our relationship with the EU to date.
What happened and how we got here
A truly excellent review of the political shenanigans regarding our membership or otherwise of the European project over the last 40 years or so . There’s so much information included in this series that I was not aware of , despite having lived through it and voting a couple of times on it. Our relationship with Europe was just something that went on, in the background to my affairs. Evidently the Tory party and certain newspaper editors continued to be obsessed with it ..even though to the general public this was something established and forgotten about. This podcast shows up both those groups of powerful people as having only their personal interests in mind . It seems we are not in a Representational Democracy at all, just one swayed by charismatic men and the occasional woman with single minded views ..so possibly it doesn’t matter what the outcome of Brexit is this time..it’ll all be changed later anyway!