Queen's on Brexit

Informed by years of internationally-recognised research excellence, Queen’s on Brexit brings together leading academics from Queen’s University who can provide an authoritative voice on the Brexit process, the many policy areas affected by Brexit, and the subsequent impact on Northern Ireland, the island of Ireland, the UK and the EU-27.

Insight and analysis

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BREXIT PROCESS

Regulatory Alignment: What Will It Take to Make It Work, And How Big Are the Risks of Failure?

December 2017 - The UK has a new starting point for its negotiations with the EU on the future relationship, with the phase 2 talks almost certainly unlocked following on last week’s EU-UK joint report.

Dr Katy Hayward
Scottish Centre on European Relations

Border Signs

BREXIT PROCESS

Regardless of any trade deal with the EU, border checks will still be needed

December 2017 - There is already a cacophony of conflicting interpretations of the joint report between the EU and UK in Brussels last Friday.

Dr Katy Hayward and Paul McGrade
Newsletter

Brexit in Scrabble pieces

BREXIT PROCESS

Brexit deal: Creative solutions postponed – and much work for legal drafters

December 2017 - Professor Dagmar Schiek gives her first assessment of the latest ”Brexit” compromise on the island of Ireland from a legal perspective.

Professor Dagmar Schiek
QPOL

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HUMAN RIGHTS

The Impact of Brexit on Human Rights in Northern Ireland

December 2017 - Professor Colin Harvey speaks to the Oxford Human Rights Hub Podcast about the Brexit deal that has been reached between the UK and EU this morning. He also discusses the importance of human rights in Northern Ireland in the on-going discussions.

Professor Colin Harvey
Oxford Human Rights Podcast

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BORDER ISSUES

Brexit deal breaks deadlock – experts react

December 2017 - EU negotiators announced on December 8 that enough progress has been achieved in Brexit negotiations for talks to move on to a second phase – the nature of the future relationship between the UK and the EU. A deal on the Irish border, a major sticking point in the talks, was given the go-ahead by both the EU and UK. Here academic experts explain aspects of the agreement.

Dr Katy Hayward
The Conversation

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BORDER ISSUES

The DUP was painted into a corner by Brexiters’ hyperbole, but a solution is possible

December 2017 - The DUP’s apparent scuppering of the Brexit deal in Brussels this week is not merely a sign of political intransigence. The party has been effectively pushed into a corner by the way British government ministers have framed Brexit as a challenge for the Irish border.

Dr Katy Hayward
The Guardian

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BORDER ISSUES

Talk about ‘avoiding a hard border’ is either empty rhetoric or dangerous delusion

December 2017 - Why is Northern Ireland/Ireland (NI/IRL) such a huge sticking point in the Brexit negotiations? It boils down to the implications of three things: leaving the Single Market, leaving the Customs Union, and upholding the 1998 Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement, writes Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast).

Dr Katy Hayward
The London School of Economics and Political Science

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

No, the Northern Ireland Brexit solution was not going to break up the United Kingdom

December 2017 - It makes little sense for the notion of a threat to the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom to be raised or taken seriously in the current Brexit discussions.

Professor Colin Harvey
The Telegraph

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BREXIT PROCESS

This Brexit juncture is a critical moment for the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement

November 2017 - Dr Katy Hayward and Professor David Phinnemore highlight their current report on UK withdrawal and the Good Friday Agreement requested by the AFCO Committee of the European Parliament and commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs.

Dr Katy Hayward and Professor David Phinnemore
QPOL

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

UK Withdrawal (‘Brexit’) and the Good Friday Agreement

November 2017 - Upon request by the AFCO Committee, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs commissioned this study on UK withdrawal and the Good Friday Agreement (the ‘Agreement’). It provides an overview of the Agreement and an assessment of the potential challenges posed to its implementation by ‘Brexit’

Dr Katy Hayward and Professor David Phinnemore
Policy department for citizens' rights and constitutional affairs.

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BORDER ISSUES

Irish minister: 'We won’t sacrifice peace on this island for Brexit'

November 2017 - Article by Professor David Phinnemore on the Brexit and the Irish border issues.

Professor David Phinnemore
Financial Times (Netherlands)

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

Northern Ireland’s Supreme Court Brexit Problem (and the UK’s too)

November 2017 - Professor Christopher McCrudden looks at the ramifications of the devolution issues of the recent Miller Case brought before the UK Supreme Court.

Professor Christopher McCrudden
QPOL

European Court of Justice

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

Judging Brexit Solutions

November 2017 - Much of the focus of the Brexit debate, with respect to N. Ireland/Ireland, has moved to ‘solutions’. Many are now on offer (‘reverse’ this and ‘plus’ that). How should these proposals be judged with reference to some of the values that are informing the BrexitLawNI project? There is scope for differing views but there are five issues I want to highlight (with the aim of promoting discussion).

Professor Colin Harvey
Brexit Law NI

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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

Preliminary Findings Report – Brexit and North-South Relations

October 2017 - Brexit has intensified discussion of the border on the island of Ireland. One thing that both the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (GFA 1998) and membership of the EU did was to take the hard edges off this issue by normalising movement, as well as promoting the idea of transnational institutions and the concept of multiple identities.

Professor Colin Harvey
Brexit Law NI

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Border Issues

Bordering on Brexit: The views of local communities in the Central Border Region

November 2017 - Dr Katy Hayward looks at some of the findings from the report entitled Bordering on Brexit: views from local communities in the Central Border Region of Ireland/Northern Ireland – conducted by the Centre for International Borders Research at Queen's on behalf of the Irish Central Border Area Network.

Dr Katy Hayward
QPOL

Brexit Expertise

Professor David Phinnemore

Professor David Phinnemore

Professor of European Politics
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Professor Dagmar Schiek, school of law

Professor Dagmar Schiek

Professor of Law
School of Law

Professor Lee Magowan, School of history, anthropology, philosophy and politics

Professor Lee McGowan

Professor of Contemporary European Politics
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

 

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Research Activity

As an institution, Queen’s has a long-standing history of research into European integration, with our academics offering key insight into the work of several high-profile Brexit research projects.

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INSTITUTIONAL POSITION AND RELATED LINKS

Read the University’s various statements and responses to the Brexit process and find practical information in related sites.

Institutional Response

Contact Us

To find out more about the Brexit-related research and expertise within our university, please visit our Brexit Expertise section and contact any of our academics. Alternatively, why not send an email to qpol@qub.ac.uk with your request.

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BREXIT PROCESS

‘Specific solutions’ & ‘distinct arrangements’: more of the same for post-Brexit

December 2017 - The UK has offered surety for maintaining an open Irish border, promising to maintain wide-ranging alignment with EU rules covering every aspect of the 1998 Agreement, north/south and east/west. Moreover, it has asserted that Northern Ireland will ultimately have the right to decide for itself to follow UK or EU rules, should they diverge in the future.

Dr Katy Hayward and Paul McGrade
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