With over two dozen active separatist movements in Europe alone, the concepts of sovereignty and nationalism seem to be increasingly recurrent in the western world.

What are the motives of those who seek to secede? Experts and public servants discuss the nature of secession and its impact in Spain and Great Britain.

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions expressed are those of the speakers.


  • Nigel Farage, Former Member of the European Parliament, South East England Constituency
  • Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Michael Strubell, President, Congress of Catalan Culture Foundation


Related Links & Differing Views:

Yale Journal of International Law: “Secession and Self-Determination: A Territorial Interpretation”

My Republica: “On Secession”

Reason: “Is Secession by Referendum Libertarian?”

FedSoc Blog: “The Legitimacy of the Brexit Referendum”

Medium: “A Time to Secede: Separatist Movements and the Search for Independence”

Foundation for Economic Education: “Why Europeans View Scottish and Catalan Secession Differently from Brexit”

The Federalist Society: “Devolution and Secession in the Modern World”