The cross-Channel rail link was born of a strong political will in favour of European integration. It was completed, despite considerable obstacles, at the same time as the reunification of the continent and the single currency project, coupled with the Single market, at the turn of the 1980s and 1990s. It is a structuring achievement that has changed Europe's geography, created thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and facilitated the movement of over 400 million travellers between three neighbouring countries and beyond. Today, it contributes to a quarter of trade between the United Kingdom and the continent. The vision of decision-makers, which linked European integration to the establishment of efficient cross-border infrastructure networks, has therefore come true.
Yet a majority of British citizen voted in 2016 in favour of leaving the European Union. This is the paradox that the participants in the conference on 24 May 2018 analyse, under the scientific supervision of Professors Helen Drake and Pauline Schnapper.
This event closes the cycle of conferences of the programme Twenty years under the Channel, and beyond? an initiative launched by Rails & histoire in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel.
Registration is free within the limit of available places and mandatory under the following link: registration.
Today we're open from 10:00 until 17:00 (last admission at 15:30).