Brexit ‘is a British problem,’ not a European Union problem

It was a new take on the college course, and it offered a different take on Brexit.

In a lecture streamed live from NCH at Northeastern in London and viewed by participants in an agile “pop-up” course on the Boston campus, Northeastern political science professor Mai’a Cross offered a view on Brexit that’s not often present in media coverage of the issue.

Brexit, the result of a June 2016 referendum in which citizens of the U.K. narrowly voted to withdraw from the European Union, was framed by its supporters as a necessity for a nation that was being held back by the E.U. But Cross, who is the Edward W. Brooke Professor of Political Science at Northeastern, and whose research focuses on European foreign and security policy, presented the case that it’s been quite the opposite.

“The E.U.’s approach to the U.K. has been remarkably accommodating,” Cross said Sunday, during a lecture that was part of a day-long conference called “Technology and Human Values: Understanding Brexit” at NCH at Northeastern in London.