Brexit’s long historical roots

Robert Tombs discusses the historical background to Brexit, exploring Britain’s long and fluctuating relationship with Europe

Robert Tombs on Brexit's long historical roots. (Image by Getty Images)

Professor Robert Tombs discusses his new book This Sovereign Isle, which examines the history of Britain’s relationship with Europe. He talks about how ideas about the past have shaped Brexit, and how future historians might view Britain’s decision to leave the EU.