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Regions of the EU in Shadow of Brexit

 

 

 

STATELESS NATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IN THE SHADOW OF BREXIT:

CATALONIA, NORTHERN IRELAND, AND SCOTLAND


 

Brexit will have profound implications for nation states within the European Union and for the Union as a whole. Of that most are agreed. But there is an important regional dimension to Brexit as well, which tends to be underappreciated. Three cases in point, with similarities and dissimilarities, are Scotland, Northern Ireland and Catalonia. In each case the impact of Brexit is complicated by regional politics and the presence of separatist nationalisms. More typically, there are regions of Europe which may be differentially affected by the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union, and these also merit study. There is thus an urgent need to tease out the implications of Brexit at a sub-national as well as at a national level.

 

DATE and VENUE:

Thursday 11th of May 2017

Senate Room, Queens’ University of Belfast

University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NN

 

Outline of the programme

 

Thursday 11th of May 2017

2.00-2.15 pm     Registration

 

2.15-2.30 pm     Welcome

  • Peter Gray, Director, Institute of Irish Studies, Queens’ University of Belfast
  • Albert Royo, Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia

 

2.30- 4.00 pm      Round table. What happens next? The Politics of a Changing European Union

Chair: Allison Morris, journalist, The Irish News

Speakers (15 mins each, followed by discussion):

  • Maria Badia, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the European Union of the Government of Catalonia
  • Chris Bambery, former Public Point of Contact for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of the UK Parliament on Catalonia and Author of A People’s history of Scotland and Scotland: Class and Nation.
  • Jane Morrice, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee and former Member and Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
  • Alex Maskey, Sinn Féin MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly)

 

4.00-4.30 pm     Coffee Break

 

4.30-5.55 pm     Round table. What happens next? The Economy of a Changing European Union.

 
Chair: Peter Geoghegan, Irish writer, journalist and lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland.
 
Speakers (15 mins each, followed by discussion):

 

  • Katy Hayward, Senior Lecturer, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queens’ University of Belfast
  • Katerina Lisenkova, Head of Economic Modelling at the Fraser of Allander Institute
  • Clara Ponsatí, Head of the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews
  • Aidan Regan, Director of the Dublin European Institute

 

5.45 pm              Closing session

6.00-6.30pm        Catalan Cava & Irish music evening

 

 For more information contact: Irene Boada ireneboadamontagut@gmail.com

 

LIVE STREAM VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/IrishStudiesAtQUB/videos/1385769531479193/

RECORDED VIDEO: http://www.diplocat.cat/en/catalan-issues/debates-about-catalonia/1299-belfast-catalonia-scotland-and-northern-ireland-beyond-brexit