Explaining Brexit – Understanding Brexit Explaining Brexit – Understanding Brexit 22. 6. 2017 Author: Šárka Kolmašová After a turbulent prelude in the United Kingdom, the negotiations on Brexit officially started on 19 June. On the very same day, the Department of International Relations and European Studies (IRES) launched a 3-day course with an ambitious mission — Explaining and Understanding Brexit. The timing could not have been better. The recent UK election and the EU-UK negotiations ensured that the room was full; as the audience listened to, and bounced questions off, the collection of speakers. What ensued was a vivid discussion, literally, in each session.