The LSE Continental breakfasts are one element of a wider academic programme that aims to understand and inform the process of agreeing Britain’s future relationship with the rest of Europe. The breakfasts are private, off-the-record meetings for a select group of distinguished individuals from around the world. They bring together LSE’s most renowned academic experts with a diverse group of insightful and influential people to explore key issues shaping the European political landscape.

Meetings are held under Chatham House rules, so that opinions expressed may be reported but not attributed. These seminar-style events typically open with short presentations from two experts, one of which is usually a member of the LSE faculty, followed by open discussion among the group.

In these write-ups, issues raised in the discussions are collected into an essay including references to relevant research and exploring some questions in more depth. The authors are encouraged to elaborate and reflect, so they should not be read as an unvarnished record of the discussion.

1: What can we expect from Brexit negotiations?

For the full-length essay, please see the OverviewWriteUp.

michel barnier

Chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Photo: European People’s Party via a CC-BY 2.0 licence

2: Migration and Brexit

For the full-length report and bibliography, please see the MigrationWriteUp.


Engineering apprentices learn the trade. Britain suffers from labour shortages in both skilled and unskilled professions. Photo: moz278 via a CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence

3. What challenges will Whitehall face during the Brexit negotiations?

For the full-length report and bibliography, please see the BrexitWhitehallwriteup.


Whitehall from St James’ Park. Photo: notcub via a CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence

4. What will be Britain’s future trade relationships?

For the full-length report and bibliography, please see the TradeWriteUp.

Image by Jon Worth, (Flickr), licenced under (CC BY 2.0).
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