Queen's on Brexit

Institutional Brexit Update

Since the 2016 referendum decision for the UK to leave the EU, the University has sought clarity on four key issues that are crucial to the future of the higher education sector.

These were set out in the Brexit Institutional response paper, which can be accessed here

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

Border issues

'Border Buster' Shows Why Brexit Frontier Checks in Northern Ireland Would Matter

February 2019 - Near one of the scores of small border crossings on the island of Ireland, a yellow digger stands as a monument to the lengths communities went to to keep roads open during Northern Ireland's violent "Troubles".

Dr Katy Hayward
New York Times

Border issues

Home Office refuses to clarify nature of review into GFA cases

February 2019 - The Home Office and the Office of the Secretary of Northern Ireland have refused to clarify the nature of their proposed review into possible Good Friday Agreement violations. Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May said she instructed the Home Office, “working closely with the Secretary of Northern Ireland”, to “urgently” look into how Brexit is affecting Irish citizens rights in Northern Ireland.

Professor Colin Harvey
Irish World

Border issues

Brexit and the backstop – everything you need to know

February 2019 - A new report by The UK in a Changing Europe addresses all the key issues related to the backstop. Brexit and the backstop: everything you need to know is written by leading academics, who explain what the backstop is, why it’s needed, what its history is, what’s happening to the politics around it, and whether the EU might change it.

Professor David Phinnemore, Dr Katy Hayward, Professor John Garry and Professor Colin Harvey
UK in a Changing Europe

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

Statements and key messages

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