As the Brexit negotiations enter the critical final phase, many issues remain to be resolved, not least the question of the backstop for Northern Ireland and the nature of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Furthermore, even if a deal is reached between the negotiators, there remain a number of hurdles to overcome, including obtaining the consent of the UK Parliament. Meanwhile, support in the UK for a ‘people’s vote’ on any deal has risen sharply.These issues raise profound questions, not only for Ireland and the EU, but also for the future of the United Kingdom itself.
In this half day conference, speakers from the island of Ireland, Germany and Scotland offered perspectives on the current state of play in the negotiations, the future of the EU-UK relationship, and how the relationship between the UK’s constituent parts might evolve in the future.
This event was jointly organised by the IIEA, the Scottish Centre on European Relations, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (UK and Ireland office). The event was supported by the Scottish Government Innovation and Investment Hub, Dublin.
About the Speaker:
Speakers at this event will include:
- Michael Russell, MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations
- Senator Neale Richmond, Chair of the Seanad Brexit Committee
- Lucinda Creighton, CEO of Vulcan Consulting and Former Minister of State for Europe
- Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre for European Relations
- Dr Katy Hayward, Reader in Sociology at Queens University Belfast
- Dr Paul Gillespie, Member of the IIEA UK Group and Irish Times columnist
- Dr Eve Hepburn, Director of PolicyScribe, Edinburgh
- Dr Nicolai von Ondarza, Head of EU/Europe Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
- John McGrane, Director General of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce
- Liz McAreavey, CEO of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
- Dr Tobias Lock, Senior Lecturer in EU Law at Edinburgh University
- Daithi O’Ceallaigh, Chair of the IIEA UK Group and former Irish Ambassador in London
- Iain MacWhirter, Political Commentator at the Herald Scotland and Sunday Herald
- Frances Ruane, Member of the IIEA Board and former Director of the ESRI