Looking Beyond Brexit

Looking Beyond Brexit

Bringing the Country Back Together

Graham Tomlin


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The referendum may have rent the country asunder like no other issue in recent memory, but there are significant resonances with events in the past. Almost 500 years ago, in a sixteenth-century version of Article 50, Britain made a break from Europe, declaring the King – rather than the Pope – Supreme Head of the English Church.

The split did not end the story. In the turmoil that followed, ‘fake news’ spread, families were divided and blood was shed.

However, an attempt was made to find a peaceable solution. In this brief but powerful book, Graham Tomlin draws on that history to remind us of the age-old political and spiritual task of harmonizing past and future, identity and openness, the local and the universal. The events of the last three years have shown how polarization can affect even those who are naturally generous and accommodating; the challenge of rising above division, of loving our neighbours – and even our enemies – has never been greater for us all.


Graham Tomlin:
Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is Principal of St Mellitus College, and of St Paul’s Theological Centre. He holds degrees in both English Literature and Theology from Oxford University and completed his PhD through the University of Exeter. He mainly teaches historical theology, particularly specialising in Patristics and the Reformation period. He is the author of many articles and books on a broad range of subjects and is married to Janet with two adult children.