British pubcaster BBC2 and American cable network Smithsonian Channel are co-producing an upcoming series from UK-based television prodco Brook Lapping Productions that examines the simmering tensions in the European Union in recent years that led to Brexit.
Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil is a three-part program from series producer Norma Percy that features stories told by those who were in the room when key decisions were taken on Britan’s exit from the European Union. For the first time, Europe’s presidents and prime ministers, and their advisers, take viewers behind closed doors where they fought to keep the European Union together.
The premiere episode examines how the British Conservative Party’s fixation with Europe led to former British Prime Minister David Cameron calling for the Brexit referendum. For the first time on television, William Hague, George Osborne and Nick Clegg repeat the arguments inside government that led to the decision that sparked an on-going political crisis.
European Union presidents Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg) and Donald Tusk (Poland) note how Cameron negotiated with EU leaders over the concessions he felt he needed to win the referendum, and how his European counterparts saw this. The episode follows with moments that show how the negotiations became increasingly desperate and how Cameron’s views of the EU differed from many of Europe’s leader, including French presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte.
The series will also look at the Greek financial crisis, the burgeoning populist movement, and how the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants to the continent in 2015 threatened to tear apart the EU, as member stares reverently disagreed on how to handle the crisis.
Inside Europe: 10 Years Of Turmoil premieres Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. on BBC2. The series will air in the U.S. on Smithsonian Channel in Spring 2019.