Drawing on documents and minutes of the British War Cabinet meetings of May 1940, former Foreign Secretary David Owen will reveal the passionate debates within the Cabinet that prevented Britain from seeking a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany. He will explain how the post-war denial of the existence of these debates has had far-reaching consequences for Britain’s foreign and defence policy to this day.
Festival talks by David Owen
Britain is leaving the European Union and will be on her own again. Through history, Britain has always had close links to her continental neighbours but only in recent times has been tied quite so closely. Does it matter that we will soon be unshackling ourselves? What can history tell us about our chances of maintaining our prosperity and global influence? Chaired by Mary Ann Sieghart, Lynne Olson, Lord Owen and Professor Brendan Simms will discuss this critical issue.