Brexit Related Events / Conferences / Seminars in 2018

Synopsis: Below are details of some of the upcoming events, conferences and seminars on the theme of Brexit and Northern Ireland.

Details are listed below of forthcoming Brexit related events. The events are listed in reverse chronological order.  You can also view details of past events which took place in 2017 and 2016.

Forthcoming Events in 2018:  January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December |

Date Location   Details
 
December
Thursday 13th December

The Helix
Dublin City University
Collins Avenue
Ireland

Brexit, the Backstop and the Island of Ireland

(pm)

This event, hosted by DCU Brexit Institute, will feature an opening keynote from both John Bruton (Former Taoiseach of Ireland). This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Chloe Papazian (DCU), Colm Shannon (Newry Chamber of Commerce) among others to be confirmed. The panel will be chaired by Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times)

The closing plenary will be provided by Giuliano Amato (Former Prime Minister of Italy; former Vice President of European Convention; Justice of the Italian Constitutional Court).

Wednesday 12th December

The Canada Room and Council Chamber,
Lanyon Building,
Queen's University Belfast, Belfast,
BT7 1NN

'Brexit in Historical Perspective' - The 6th Annual Dónal Nevin Lecture

(5.00-8.00pm)

 

 

Brexit is arguably the most significant geopolitical challenge that Western Europe has had to face since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Added to this, the rise of populism calls into question the future of the European Union itself. In order to fully understand the origin and impact of these challenges it is necessary to put them into some historical context. Professor O’Rourke will consider the issues presented by Brexit by asking the questions ‘How did we get here and what might the future hold?’

Dr Hayward, who has presented widely on the topic of Brexit and Northern Ireland/Ireland, will provide a formal response to the lecture by Professor O’Rourke. In doing so, Dr Hayward will contextualise and comment on the arguments made in relation to Northern Ireland and allow the audience to engage with how Brexit and more generally the anti-globalisation backlash has played out in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 4th December

Riddle Hall
185 Stranmillis Road
Belfast
BT9 5EE

The Brexit survival guide for business

(5.30 - 7.30pm)

This event is organised by Business First Network (BFN) and the focus is on how Brexit will impact your business? The speaker for the event is Frank Given, ia consultant provider on InterTrade Irelands Brexit Advisory Service.

During his short, informative session Frank will cover the key aspects of Brexit, how it can impact the small business owner and how to plan for the exit.

The BFN events series will also give you the opportunity to meet up with like-minded business owners in an informal and relaxed environment.

November   
Wednesday 28th November Spinning Room,
Mossley Mill,
Newtownabbey

InterTradeIreland:
Brexit Briefing Event - Newtownabbey

(8.30am - 10.00am)

The InterTradeIreland Brexit Advisory Service in association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borouch Council and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are hosting a FREE breakfast Brexit Briefing session where businesses from Newtownabbey and surrounding areas can access the most up to date information on a range of issues and find out about supports on offer.
Brexit, as we all know, is the most significant challenge facing businesses in over 50 years.  Preparation is key; this event is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to prepare for Brexit. The event will provide them with access to information and supports that are currently available.                                                                   

Wednesday 21st November Radisson Blu Hotel
Limerick

Enterprise Ireland Brexit Advisory Clinic - Limerick

(8.00am - 1.00pm)

 

A series of Brexit Advisory Clinics is being run by Enterprise Ireland across the country.  These are designed to help companies understand some of the challenges but more importantly encourage companies to take action to address their Brexit exposure across Financial and Currency Management, Strategic Sourcing and Customs, Transport and Logistics. Clinics entails expert lead seminars along with one to one meetings for personalised advice specific to your business.
Thursday 15th November Grant Thornton Headquarters
Dublin

Brexit and Aviation

(1.00-5.00pm)

This event, hosted by the DCU Brexit Institute, will feature an opening message from Michael McAteer (Managing Partner, Grant Thornton), followed by the opening keynote which will be given by Dr. Wolfgang Schuessel (former Chancellor of Austria).

This will then be followed by a panel discussion consisting of Cathal Guiomard (Lecturer in Aviation, Dublin City University),  Vincent Harrison (Managing Director, DAA), Cathy Mannion (Commissioner, Commission for Aviation Regulation), Tim O’Connell (Head of Aviation Advisory, Grant Thornton) and chaired by Sinéad O’Carroll (The Journal).

Closing Plenary  to be confirmed.

Thursday 15th November

Grand Central Hotel Belfast 9-15 Bedford Street Belfast BT2 7FF

Brexit and Global Markets

by Fairstone Financial Management NI

(9.00 - 11.00am or 1.00-3.00pm)

 

Fairstone Financial Management, the UK’s largest corporate Chartered planning firm invites you to join them at Grand Central Hotel, Belfast on Thursday 15th November 2018 to discuss the economic outlook over the next 12 months.
Leading discussions will be Alex Odd, former manager of the M&G Dividend fund, one of the largest income funds in the UK, who will help set Brexit in its global context as we move towards the deadline of 31st March 2019.

Thursday 15th November HOLYWELL - DiverseCity Community Partnership

8-14 Bishop Street

Derry/Londonderry

BT48 6PW

 

Our rights and Brexit: Where are we now?

 

(10.00 - 11.30)

With terms like ‘Irish backstop’, ‘Chequers’ and a ‘no deal Brexit’ dominating the media, we will cut through the jargon and explore what we actually know about Brexit and what it will mean for our rights and our peace settlement.

In December 2017, the UK and the EU agreed that rights would be protected and enhanced in Brexit. This workshop will provide an accessible guide to the Brexit process and its impact on human rights and equality protections here, now and in the future.

Please join us to discuss how we can progress peace and realise rights beyond Brexit.

Wednesday 14th November  

The Black Box
18-22 Hill Street
Belfast
BT1 2LA

Getting Our Act Together: Human Rights, Our Environment & Brexit

(9.30am - 1.00pm)
Event organised by Human Rights Consortium & Northern Ireland Environment Link.
The current round of UK-EU negotiations is reaching the end game. The UK has committed to ensuring a ‘Green Brexit’ and upholding human rights standards as the UK withdraws from the EU.
This event is designed to cut through the jargon and bring together those committed to protecting human rights and our environment to work towards identifying the best way forward.
Tuesday 13th November

KPMG Belfast
The Soloist Building
1 Lanyon Place
Belfast
BT1 3LP

 #AGENDA2018 Business, Politics and Brexit - Culture, Arts, Sport and Tourism

(7.30 - 10.30am)

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce and sponsors KPMG and Ulster Bank have come together to address the various challenges and opportunities that Brexit has brought about for business interests in the UK and Ireland.
This event will be the 6th instalment of the series following the Infrastructure, ICT, Financial Services, Brexit, Agri-food and SME Seminars that have taken place in the UK and Ireland.

Thursday 8th November Room 02.018,
Peter Froggatt Centre,
Queen's University Belfast

Public Lecture:  'How the economics profession got it wrong on Brexit'

(7.00-9.00pm)

A public lecture with Dr Graham Gudgin, Chief Economic Adviser at Policy Exchange, delivered as part of the Queen’s University Policy Engagement Lecture Series

Thursday 8th November Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford

Enterprise Ireland Brexit Advisory Clinic - Waterford

(8.00am - 1.00pm)

A series of Brexit Advisory Clinics is being run by Enterprise Ireland across the country.  These are designed to help companies understand some of the challenges but more importantly encourage companies to take action to address their Brexit exposure across Financial and Currency Management, Strategic Sourcing and Customs, Transport and Logistics. Clinics entails expert lead seminars along with one to one meetings for personalised advice specific to your business.

Tuesday 6th November
Lecture Theatre LAN 01/052 (Above the Senate Room)
Queen's University Belfast,
University Road, Belfast,
BT7 1NN               

Borders, backstops and Brexit

 

(12.30 - 2.00pm)

 

Not bored yet with Brexit? Then come along and join in the discussion around the issues facing the UK and the particular challenges that Brexit poses for Northern Ireland. 

With academics from the Queen's on Brexit initiative. 

October   
Thursday 25th October Croke Park
Dublin
Ireland

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready - Dublin

(9.15am - 12.30pm)

One of a series of workshops taking place across Ireland, The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., invites you to a Getting Ireland Brexit Ready workshop.  The workshop will offer advice and information on supports available.

Individuals / companies with an interest in the business, agri-food / fisheries and tourism sectors are welcome to attend the workshop for free but registration is required in advance.

Monday 22nd October

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Dundalk

Enterprise Ireland Brexit Advisory Clinic - Dundalk

(8.00am - 1.00pm)

 

A series of Brexit Advisory Clinics is being run by Enterprise Ireland across the country.  These are designed to help companies understand some of the challenges but more importantly encourage companies to take action to address their Brexit exposure across Financial and Currency Management, Strategic Sourcing and Customs, Transport and Logistics. Clinics entails expert lead seminars along with one to one meetings for personalised advice specific to your business.

Friday 19th October

Four Seasons Hotel & Leisure Club, Monaghan
H18 Y220 Monaghan
Ireland

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready - Monaghan

(9.15am - 12.30pm)

One of a series of workshops taking place across Ireland, The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., invites you to a Getting Ireland Brexit Ready workshop.  The workshop will offer advice and information on supports available.

Individuals / companies with an interest in the business, agri-food / fisheries and tourism sectors are welcome to attend the workshop for free but registration is required in advance.

Thursday 18th October

Ulster University, York Street

Human Rights: Brexit, the border and beyond

(7.30pm)

 

Amnesty International Annual Lecture - by Dominic Grieve MP,  the former Conservative Attorney General who has been called a ‘traitor’ in the right-wing press for his refusal to accept a hard Brexit. In this lecture, he will discuss the future of human rights post-Brexit. He will make the case for the UK staying fully committed to its international human rights obligations, and why this is so important for people in Northern Ireland.

Wednesday 17th October

Peter Froggatt Centre, Room 02/026
Queen's University Belfast
University Road
Belfast BT7 1NN

Queen's Policy Engagement October Brexit Clinic

(12.30-2.00pm)

The latest in the Queen's Policy Engagement (QPol ) series of ‘Brexit Clinics’ bringing together academic experts and stakeholders to discuss the issues facing the UK, to consider the particular challenges the process poses for Northern Ireland and to provide informed insights into the process.
Friday 12th October

NUIG
Galway
Ireland

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready - Galway

(09.15am-12.30 pm)

One of a series of workshops taking place across Ireland, The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., invites you to a Getting Ireland Brexit Ready workshop.  The workshop will offer advice and information on supports available.

Individuals / companies with an interest in the business, agri-food / fisheries and tourism sectors are welcome to attend the workshop for free but registration is required in advance.

Friday 5th October

Pairc Ui Chaoimh
The Marina
Cork
Ireland

Getting Ireland Brexit Ready - Cork

(09.15am-12.30 pm)

One of a series of workshops taking place across Ireland, The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., invites you to a Getting Ireland Brexit Ready workshop.  The workshop will offer advice and information on supports available.

Individuals / companies with an interest in the business, agri-food / fisheries and tourism sectors are welcome to attend the workshop for free but registration is required in advance.

Thursday 4th October

Emeleus Lecture Theatre,
Queen's University Belfast University Road Belfast BT7 1NN

Borders and Belonging: British and Irish identities in a post-Brexit Era

(7.00pm)

Public Lecture with Fintan O'Toole, organised by Queen's University as part of the Policy Engagement Lecture Series.  This Series provides a platform for meaningful discussion, engaged debate, and open dialogue on a range of today's most pressing issues.
Tuesday 2nd October

Craigavon Civic Centre
66 Lakeview Road
Craigavon
BT64 1AL

Brexit Hackathon

by PPMA, Matrix-SCM and Local Government Staff Commission

(9.30am - 4.00pm)

A hackathon is a quick fire, high pressure, high intensity ideas session.  This event will tackle some of the workforce related Brexit challenges in a different way – with the emphasis being on collaboration, speed and practical outcomes. Our delegates will review our research question and, through enquiry and dialogue, develop and distil a series of ideas, recommendations, opportunities and outcomes.

September

 

Wednesday 26th September

Moot Court Room Queen's University Belfast - School of Law University Square Belfast BT7 1NN

A Roundtable on: Rights and Devolution After Brexit

University of Edinburgh Law School in collaboration with QUB Law School

(2.00pm - 5.30pm)

 

This roundtable will be divided into two parts: it will first provide an overview of how Brexit is affecting devolution in Northern Ireland,
Wales, and Scotland; and will then address more specific questions on how rights can and ought to be protected at the devolved levels.
Thursday 20th September

The Moot Court Room,
Queen's University Belfast
BT7 1NN

QPOL September Brexit Clinic

(12.30 - 2.00pm)

QPol Policy Engagement at Queen’s invites you to the latest in its series of ‘Brexit Clinics’ bringing together academic experts and stakeholders to discuss the issues facing the UK, to consider the particular challenges the process poses for Northern Ireland and to provide informed insights into the process.

The Clinic will consist of introductory comments on the process by senior Queen’s academics Professor Dagmar Schiek, Professor David Phinnemore and Dr Viviane Gravey and will be followed by a Q+A session and discussion addressing issues raised by participants.

Friday 14th September

Canada Room and Council Chamber Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN

BrexitLawNI Launch of Project Reports

(1.00pm - 4.45pm)

BrexitLawNI will be launching its project reports and findings in Belfast. Come along for an afternoon of presentations and discussion about how Brexit will impact Northern Ireland
Thursday 6th September The Helix
DCU
Collins Avenue
Ireland

'Brexit, By Design or Default? Assessing the state of the Withdrawal Process'

(9.00am - 6.00pm)

DCU Brexit Institute will open the new academic year with a full day event assessing the state of the Brexit negotiations after the June European Council and the July White Paper of the UK Government. The event will feature a keynote speech by Danuta Hubner (Chairwoman of the European Parliament Constitutional Affairs Committee).
Further details TBC.
Wednesday 5th September

InterContinental Hotel 4 Simmonscourt Road D04 A9K8 Dublin 4 Ireland

Business, Politics and Brexit: Agri-Food Seminar

(7.30 - 10.30am)

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce and sponsors KPMG and Ulster Bank have
come together to address the various challenges and opportunities that
Brexit has brought about for business interests in the UK and Ireland.

This Agri-Food Seminar entitled 'The UK-Ireland Agri-Food sector: A Shared History, A Shared Future' will focus on 2 specific topics:

(i)Preparing for the Challenge – How Agri-business is preparing for post-Brexit trade.

(ii.) The UK-Ireland Agri-Food sector: A Shared History, A Shared Future.

July   
Friday 23rd July Moot Court Room, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast

The Future of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland

(09.45am - 4.00pm)


QUB in association with Nature Matters NI

This workshop will discuss environmental governance in Northern Ireland in the context of the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit.  The aim of the workshop will be to gather views on the proposed environmental governance arrangements as set out by UK Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  Perspectives are sought from all interested stakeholders, including eNGOs, academics, policy and decision makers.
Thursday 19th July Emeleus Lecture Theatre
Queen’s University Belfast
University Road
Belfast
BT7 1NN

The People's Vote: Why we must have a public vote on the final Brexit deal

Lecture by The Rt Hon. the Lord Andrew Adonis

(4.00pm - 5.15pm)

The Rt Hon. the Lord Andrew Adonis will be coming toQUB to deliver a lecture as part of the Queen's University QPol Policy Engagement lecture series.
Lord Adonis is a politician and former journalist who held several key roles in government during the Labour party’s time in government. He joined the Financial Times in 1991, before moving to the Observer as a political columnist.
Friday 6th July

The ESRI, Whitaker Square,
Sir John Rogerson’s Quay,
Dublin 2

Building Stronger Business – Responding to Brexit

(8.30am - 12.30pm)

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, in conjunction with the Economic and Social Research Institute, will host a seminar on Building Stronger Business – Responding to Brexit.
 Friday 6th July NICVA
61 Duncairn Gardens
Belfast
BT15 2GB 

Department of Health Brexit Update

(9.45am - 12.00 noon)

NICVA will host a Department of Health event to provide an update and opportunity for discussion on matters relating to Brexit and its impact on the health and social care sector.
       
June 2018      
Friday 29th June Pinsent Masons,
1 Lanyon Place,
Belfast,
BT1 3LP

Brexit Lunch with Diane Dodds MEP, DUP

(12.30 - 2.00pm)

An event organised by NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Thursday 28th June

Conor Lecture Theatre
University of Ulster
Belfast

BrexitLawNI Brexit Briefing

(2.00 - 4.15pm)

The BrexitLawNI team will provide an update on the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations concerning Northern Ireland.
Focus will be on the key themes of the peace process, North / South relations, the Border, racism and xenophobia, socio-economic rights, human rights and equality.

Wednesday 27th June

The Moot Court Room
Main Site Tower
Queen's University Belfast
BT7 1NN

QPOL Brexit Clinic June 2018

(12.30 - 2.00pm)
by QPol Policy Engagement at Queen's
QPol Policy Engagement at Queen’s invites you to the latest in its series of ‘Brexit Clinics’ bringing together academic experts and stakeholders to discuss the issues facing the UK, to consider the particular challenges the process poses for Northern Ireland and to provide informed insights into the process.

The Clinic will consist of introductory comments on the process by senior Queen’s academics Professor Dagmar Schiek, Professor David Phinnemore, Dr Viviane Gravey and Dr Katy Hayward and will be followed by a Q+A session and discussion addressing issues raised by participants.

Wednesday 27th June

Institute for International and European Affairs
8 North Great Georges Street
Dublin

Event to mark the Launch of
'Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case' by Mary C. Murphy

(12.45 - 2.30pm)

Brexit is on the agenda for the European Council summit meeting taking place in Brussels from 28 to 29 June, but proposals to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland are unlikely to be agreed until later in the year. While agreement remains elusive, the prospect of a hard border, possibly accompanied by an economic downturn, looms large. In her address to the IIEA, Dr Mary C. Murphy will draw on her recent book Europe and Northern Ireland’s Future: Negotiating Brexit’s Unique Case to analyse these developments. Mark Durkan, former Leader of the SDLP, will provide a perspective on the negotiations from Northern Ireland.
Thursday 14th June Inn Of Court
Royal Courts of Justice
Chichester Street
Belfast
BT1 3JQ

NIPBA: Planning for Brexit

by The Bar of Northern Ireland

(4.00pm - 6.00pm) 

The Northern Ireland Planning Bar Association is pleased to host a lecture by The Right Hon the Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Justice of the Supreme Court, ‘Planning for Brexit’.
Thursday 14th June

The Helix
DCU
Collins Avenue
Dublin

Brexit, Customs and Trade

(9.00am - 2.00pm)

by DCU Brexit Institute

 

The event will begin with a keynote address from Michael Russell (Scottish Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe).
This will be followed by a panel featuring Katie Daughen (British Irish Chamber of Commerce), Massimo Fabio (KPMG Italy), Olafur Isberg Hannesson (EFTA Surveillance Authority) and Edgar Morgenroth (Dublin City University) Chaired by Audrey Carville (RTE).
In addition, László Andor, (former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) will conclude with a keynote speech.

Monday 11th June

Italian Cultural Institute,
39 Belgrave Square
London
SW1X 8NX

Ireland post-Brexit: Constitutional and Legal Consequences North and South

(4.30pm - 7.30pm)

The 13th Italian-British constitutional Conversation will focus on a key issue in the Brexit negotiations: the constitutional implications in the Irish scenario of the likely withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. Two speakers coming from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic are asked to survey such implications, namely the problematic one of the border (soft, hard, or what else?) and its impact in the middle of the Irish sea.

May 2018

 

     
Thursday 31st May

Construction Employers Federation
143 Malone Road Belfast BT9 6SX

Brexit and Cross Border Implications

(9.30am -11.30am)

by Construction Employers Federation

Angela Keery, Tax Director and Peter Wood, Senior Manager at BDO will be exploring Brexit and the practical steps that your business should be addressing now to start to prepare for the impact that Brexit could have on your business.
Employee travel, cross border workers etc. will be discussed amongst other topics during the session and the BDO experts will also discuss the issues that may affect your business and its employees as a direct result of Brexit.
Wednesday 30th May

The Bell Lecture Theatre
Physics Building, QUB
University Road
Belfast BT7 1NN

QPOL Brexit Clinic May 2018

(12.15 - 1.45pm)
by QPol Policy Engagement at Queen's
QPol Policy Engagement at Queen’s invites you to the latest in its series of ‘Brexit Clinics’ bringing together academic experts and stakeholders to discuss the issues facing the UK, to consider the particular challenges the process poses for Northern Ireland and to provide informed insights into the process.

The Clinic, led by Professor David Phinnemore, will consist of introductory comments on the process by senior Queen’s academics Dr Katy Hayward and Dr Viviane Gravey and will be followed by a Q+A session and discussion addressing issues raised by participants.

Wednesday 30th May

InterContinental Dublin
4 Simmonscourt Road
D04 A9K8
Dublin 4
Ireland

#Agenda2018
Business, Politics and Brexit
Brexit 1 year on: What has happened and what is next

(7.30 -10.30am)

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce, KPMG and Ulster Bank have come together to address the various challenges and opportunities that Brexit has brought about for business interests in the UK and Ireland.
This seminar 'Brexit 1 Year On: What has happened and what is next' will bring together leading figures from across business, public affairs and politics to examine how the Brexit process has progressed since Article 50 was triggered last March while also exploring the likely challenges and outcomes that lie ahead. The seminar will also include practical business advice for those who may be facing Brexit challenges and guidance on the initial steps that businesses should take as they put in place their Brexit plans.

Tuesday 22nd May The Royal Irish Academy 19 Dawson Street Dublin
Ireland

Beyond Markets: The Cultural Case for Ireland in Europe

(12.30 - 6.30pm)

Brexit raises many important issues for Ireland and its future, north and south. However, the debate to date has been excessively narrow and has focused almost exclusively on economic and institutional issues. There has been no public discussion about the social and cultural dimension to Ireland’s membership of the European Union or what kinds of cultural practices or policies it might need to develop in a post-Brexit Europe.

The proposed seminar will examine this neglected question and look to making culture a central element in public debates and policy planning in the coming months and years.

Tuesday 22nd May 110 Rochester Row,
London,
SW1P 1JP

Brexit and the Island of Ireland

(9.30am - 5.30pm)

The UK in a Changing Europe would like to invite you to its Brexit and Northern Ireland conference which brings together leading experts and key figures from British, Northern Irish and Irish politics to explore the impact of Brexit on the politics and economy of the island of Ireland.

Discussion topics: 

  • The Good Friday Agreement - 20 years on
  • Ireland post-Brexit:
  • The politics of Brexit in Northern Ireland:
  • The all-Ireland economy and the border question

Two high-profile keynote speakers to be announced.

Tuesday 8th May

0G/009 Main Tower (Beyond the lifts at Junction)Queen's University Belfast

Brexit Update 3

(12.00 - 1.00)

We are now less than a year from the UK’s planned exit from the EU. Following from previous sessions Professor Dagmar Schiek and Professor David Phinnemore will provide an update on progress of the Brexit process. This is an informal session to allow discussion of any concerns or issues that staff may wish to raise.

Wednesday 9th May  Royal Irish Academy,
Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Brexit and Rights in Northern Ireland: The Role of the EU - 27

(9.15am - 5..30pm)

 

The ICEL is delighted to organise this full-day conference in collaboration with our colleagues at Queen’s University Belfast to facilitate and stimulate meaningful dialogue on the complex legal issues facing Northern Ireland as Brexit negotiations intensify.

Topics addressed will include the future role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, UK withdrawal Treaty and how to maintain the status quo and mirror existing rights, the role of a Bill of Rights in the Brexit context and the potential remedies that will be available in respect of enforcement and implementation in the withdrawal Treaty. There will also be a panel discussion on matters raised during the day with key stakeholders in the field. This event will bring together a range of leading experts from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom to discuss this complex and important aspect of current Brexit negotiations.

Thursday 3rd May

Law Society House, 96 Victoria Street, Belfast

Competition Law Now: Post Brexit

(8.30 - 10.00)

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is the UK’s national competition authority which aims to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy. At this event the CMA Chief Executive, Andrea Coscelli, will discuss the CMA’s powers, priorities and the pportunities/ challenges presented by Brexit. Micaela Diver, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Partner at A&L Goodbody, will be providing a practitioners perspective.

Thursday 3rd May

City West Hotel
Saggart
Co. Dublin

Brexit, Medicine and Public Health

(12 noon - 4.30pm)

This event, hosted by the DCU Brexit Institute is the latest in aseries of events exploring the implications of Brexit for specific sectors of the economy.

This event will feature a debate between  Baroness Suttie (Member of the UK House of Lords, European Union Committee) and Paulo Rangel (Member of the EU Parliament, Constitutional Affairs Committee).

In addition, there will be a panel discussion featuring Justin Carty (IMSTA), Rosarii Mannion (HSE), Eamonn McGowran  (BESIN Healthcare), Rita Purcell (Health Product Regulatory Authority) and Anthony Staines (Dublin City University), to be chaired by Susan Mitchell (Sunday Business Post).

April 2018

Monday 23rd April

The Round Room
The Mansion House
2 Dawson Street
Dublin 2

Brexit, Ireland and the Future of Europe

(8.45am - 1.30pm)

Taking place shortly after the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, this half-day conference will feature a conversation with former Taoiseach on the topic of the Northern Ireland peace settlement, and the role it has played in the Brexit negotiations. Subsequently, a panel of high level European speakers will discuss the future of the EU without the United Kingdom.
Friday 20th April

UNISON
Galway House,
165 York Street,
Belfast BT15 1AL

Northern Ireland Council for Racial Equality. 2nd Human Rights and Equality Conference

"Brexit and Good Friday Agreement"

(9.30am - 4.30pm)

The Conference begins with a Keynote address on BREXIT – The negotiations so far - and potential implications for national anti-discrimination law by Professor Dagmar Schiek and includes the following sessions hosted by leading academics;

  • Human Rights protection in post Brexit: the case for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland
  • The Great Repeal Bill – a quick assessment
  • The future of Workers’ Right and Equality Law
  • Post-Brexit Citizens’ Rights – a quick assessment
  • Border – Economy, Security and Relationships – a quick assessment
  • Brexit and Judicial Review
Wednesday 18th April

Titanic Belfast

AgendaNI BREXIT Conference


Crunch Time for Northern Ireland

As we start 2018, the Brexit negotiation process enters a critical and final phase. Northern Ireland and the Irish border are now central to the final negotiation. The Irish border issue is to be settled before the European Council meeting on 21-22 March 2018.           

agendaNi is putting together a high-profile event that will look at the out workings of the deal on the Irish border and on the practical implications for Northern Ireland.         

Friday 13th April

Lecture Theatre MU011 Ulster University
Magee Campus
Northland Road Derry~Londonderry BT48 7JL

 

The Launch of an Independent Report on 'Special Designated Status for Northern Ireland Post Brexit'

(11.00 - 1.00)

This event will be facilitated by Professor Brandon Hamber, The John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, Incore, Ulster University.
The participants in the session are:
  • Dr Nikos Skoutaris Lecturer in EU Law, East Anglia University
  • Brian Feeney, Broadcaster and Commentator
  • Martina Anderson, MEP

There will be an opportunity for Q & A after the launch.

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane WC2A 1PL

Castle Debates - Brexit and the Devolved Administrations

(9am - 11.30am)

This debate will look at the legislative assemblies in Westminster and the devolved administrations  in relation to Brexit and beyond and will consider the following questions:
  • To what extent has the UK’s environment benefited from the devolution of environmental law making?
  • What is the impact of having devolved environmental laws on businesses which operate across the UK?
  • Do each of the devolved administrations have sufficient expert resources (lawyers, scientists and economists) to develop their environmental regulations?
  • How strong is the environmental protection case for closer collaboration between the UK’s administrations - e.g. on cross border environmental issues? How might this be achieved?
March 2018
Monday 26th March

Peter Froggatt Centre,
Room PFC 0G/007
Queen's University Belfast

Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities with Mary Lou McDonald

 

(7.30-8.30pm)

 

In this event organised by by QPol Policy Engagement at Queen's, Mary Lou McDonald TD, President of Sinn Féin, will deliver an address entitled "Brexit: Challenges and Opportunities". The address will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by Professor Richard English CBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and  Engagement at Queen's University.

Friday 23rd March 2018

European Commission Office
74-76 Dublin Road
Belfast
BT2 7HP

CCBS Policy Seminar: EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020

(10am - 1pm)

This seminar brings together a number of experts to debate the shape of the EU’s Cohesion Policy beyond 2020. Its future priorities, geographical scope, and its funding are currently being discussed throughout the European Union as part of the wider debate on the EU’s overarching priorities and how these will be financed by the EU’s budget. The decisions taken by EU leaders will affect the capacity and extent to which the European Union will operate beyond 2020, and doing so in the context of a EU of 27 Member States following the UK’s departure. However, although the UK may be leaving the EU, that does not necessarily mean that Cohesion Policy post-2020 will no longer have relevance for Northern Ireland, not least because its neighbour will continue to be an EU Member State.
Saturday 17th March
Crescent Arts Centre, Cube Theatre
2-4 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1HS

Brexit - The result of rising inequality, not rising immigration

(2.00-3.15pm)

In this talk, Professor Danny Dorling will discuss: “Immigration has been suggested as the reason why a narrow majority of people in the UK voted for Brexit. The concept was used to stoke up fear in areas of low immigration. However, immigration is not what sets the UK apart from other EU nations as unusual. The real reason for the Brexit vote was widespread and rising dissatisfaction with living standards as a result of rising inequalities. This talk concentrates on that and the first signs of a possible fall in economic inequality, ironically possibly partly as a consequence of the Brexit vote.”
This event is part of the IMAGINE Festival of Politics and Ideas.
Friday 16th March

Academy Room,
Ulster University
Belfast Campus
York Street
Belfast

Brexit: Where's the voice of young people?

(5.30-7.30pm)

This workshop aims to bring the voice of young people, aged 16-25, to be heard within the Brexit debate in Northern Ireland. This interactive session will open discussion about the fears, concerns, hopes and aspirations of young people, and the role Brexit plays within these. The contributions on the day will feed directly into a policy brief on the views of young people on Brexit, which will form the beginning of a longer term conversation on the issue led by Ulster University.
This event is part of the IMAGINE Festival of Politics and Ideas.

Thursday 15th March

The Moot Court Room,
Main Site Tower
Queen's University
Belfast
BT7 1NN

Queen's on Brexit: Article 50 one year on – where are we now?

(12.30 - 2.00pm)

It’s almost a year since Theresa May triggered Article 50 and the past year has been a veritable rollercoaster of ups and downs in the Brexit negotiation process.
But where exactly are we in the process and what are the implications for Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland? Will the next phase of the negotiations culminate in Downing Street’s end goal of a “a smooth and orderly Brexit?”Join the Queen’s on Brexit experts for a full and frank discussion of all things Brexit.
This event is part of the IMAGINE Festival of Politics and Ideas.

Wednesday 14th March New Notions Cinema, The Ormeau Baths, 18 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

Brexitannia

(7.30-9.40pm)

New Notions Cinema presents the Irish premiere of the first documentary on Brexit. In the wake of the most momentous event in modern British political history, director Timothy George Kelly travelled the length of
the UK, speaking to people on both sides of the Brexit divide. What emerges is a powerful, insightful, often emotive portrait of a divided nation, still uncertain about what the future holds. Online Q&A will follow with director Timothy George Kelly.
This event is part of the IMAGINE Festival of Politics and Ideas.
Wednesday 14th March The Black Box
18-22 Hill St,
Belfast BT1 2LA

Brexit: One year to go – a four nations countdown

(7.00-8.30pm)

 

With the UK exiting the European Union on 29th March 2019, we can now explore the real implications and possibilities of ‘Brexit’.
Drawing on research and interviews with stakeholders across four nations in the UK and Ireland, The Open University’s very own Brexit-focused panel of academics will touch upon the potential political and economic issues for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This event is part of the IMAGINE Festival of Politics and Ideas.

Tuesday 13th March

Caffe Nero Fountain Centre College St Belfast BT1 6ET

Ask the Brexpert

by Human Rights Consortium

(8.30 - 10.00am)

Drop in and engage in an alternative breakfast time discussion with BreXperts focused on Northern Ireland and rights against the backdrop of the ongoing UK-EU negotiations on EU Withdrawal. With BreXperts on workers rights, children and young people, immigration, people with disabilities and many other issues you can grab a coffee, listen, share, network or just pick the brains of one of our BreXperts and discuss all things Brexit, rights and Norn Iron. This event is part of the IMAGINE Festival of Politics and Ideas.
Thursday 8th - Friday 9th March Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Dundalk
CCBS Annual Conference 2018: The Good Friday Agreement in All its Parts: Safeguarding the Totality of Relationships As the 20th Anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement approaches, this conference considers how we continue to put into practice our commitment to the totality of relations within and between these islands that it represents.  All of this coincides with the negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in which issues related to Ireland/Northern Ireland are central. The negotiations have indicated that there are at least 141 policy areas/powers returning from the EU which intersect with the devolution settlement in Northern Ireland. While all parties to the negotiations have stated their support for the Agreement “in all its parts”, it is not clear if there is common understanding of what this means or what are their associated obligations.
Thursday 1st March

InterContinental Dublin
4 Simmonscourt Road
D04 A9K8 Dublin 4
Ireland

Business, Politics and Brexit


Brexit 1 Year On: What has happened and what is next

(7.30-10.30am)

This seminar will bring together leading figures from across business, public affairs and politics to examine how the Brexit process has progressed since Article 50 was triggered last March while also exploring the likely challenges and outcomes that lie ahead. The seminar will also include practical business advice for those who may be facing Brexit
challenges and guidance on the initial steps that businesses should take  as they put in place their Brexit plans.

February 2018

Wednesday 28th February Canal Court Hotel, Merchants Quay, Newry BT35 8HF

Brexit Law NI - Newry Town Hall Meeting

(7pm - 9pm)


EVENT POSTPONED -
due to UCU industrial action

BrexitLawNI will be hosting a Townhall Meeting in Newry. The purpose of this meeting is to share the findings of our research – specifically, how Brexit will likely impact YOU – and to hear first hand, from people living in the area, about how Brexit has impacted you, what your concerns are, and how these concerns can be addressed.

Monday 26th February

InterContinental Dublin
4 Simmonscourt Road
D04 A9K8 Dublin 4
Ireland

Business, Politics and Brexit

(7.30am - 10.30am)

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce and sponsors KPMG and Ulster Bank have come together to host this Seminar which will address the various challenges and opportunities that Brexit has brought about for business interests in the UK and Ireland.

This Infrastructure Seminar entitled ‘Developing Infrastructure Fit for Purpose’ will focus on 4 topics:

  1. Infrastructure Projects within Ireland;
  2. Infrastructure within the Island of Ireland;
  3. Infrastructure Enabling Ireland-UK Links;
  4. Financing Infrastructure.
Thursday 22nd February The Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon South, Queen's University Belfast

 

Human Rights in an Age of Trump and Brexit

(5.00 - 6.30pm)

 

To what extent do the politics of Brexit and of President Trump affect human rights? Polarized debates about UK, European, and US politics and society have seen different anxieties expressed, and rival futures advocated.  In this public discussion, two of the world’s leading thinkers consider the continuities, complexities, and transformations involved in what some have seen as a new era of western politics.
Thursday 22nd February The MAC
Cathedral Quarter
Belfast

Ulster Business & KPMG
Brexit Breakfast: Where are we now?

(8.00 am)

With just over a year to go before we leave the European Union,  this debate hears how some of the biggest, some of the smallest and some of the most dynamic companies are preparing for Brexit. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kenny Jacobs Chief Marketing Officer, Ryanair
  • Olive Hill Executive Director of Strategy at Invest Northern Ireland
  • Johnny Hanna Partner and Head of Tax at KPMG
Thursday 22nd February British Council
Belfast
BT1 3FG

Building our knowledge economy. The Higher Education sector solution

Part of Navigating Brexit: A Roundtable Series

(8.00am - 10.00am)

Part of EU Debate NI “Navigating Brexit: A Roundtable Series”, providing a space for informed discussion focused on developing flexible and imaginative solutions for Northern Ireland post Brexit. These Roundtable events involve key stakeholders from across the private, public and community sectors to encourage a solutions orientated approach, informed by leading academic expertise and focus on how we navigate the Brexit process, solutions for the post Brexit UK-EU relationship and policy priorities in the context of devolution. Key Observers, including representatives on the NI Civil Service, UK Government and other relevant decision-makers will be in attendance.

Tuesday 20th February

The Senate Room Queen's University Belfast University Road Belfast BT7 1NN

QPOL Brexit Clinic

(125.15-13.45)

QPol Policy Engagement at Queen’s invites you to the latest in its series of ‘Brexit Clinics’ bringing together academic experts and stakeholders to discuss the issues facing the UK, to consider the particular challenges the process poses for Northern Ireland and to provide informed insights into the process.
Thursday 15th February Arthur Cox
10 Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
Ireland

DCU Brexit Institute

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

(1.00 - 6.00pm)

 

Event organised by DCU Brexit Institute in partnership with the Irish Environmental Protection Agency and the Political Studies Association of Ireland.

The event will be opened by a Keynote Address by Enrico Letta, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po Paris, and former Italian Prime Minister.

Following a panel of academics and practitioners, the event will conclude with a high-level panel featuring Laura Burke (Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency) and Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE (Deputy Chair of UK Committee on Climate Change). 

Tuesday 13th February

The Junction, Dungannon
Co. Tyrone 

The Implications of Brexit for Migrant Workers: What to watch out for

(9.30am to 3.30pm)

This conference is a partnership involving STEP and the Stronger Together Network, the BREXITLawNI project and the Equality Coalition (a network of equality NGOs co-convened by CAJ and the trade union UNISON, who are also engaged through the UNISON BME members group). The conference will inform policy papers being prepared by the BrexitLawNI team on the issues of freedom of movement and migrant rights. The conference is aimed at anyone with a key interest in the implications of BREXIT and specifically implications on Migrant Workers.

Thursday 8th February  Central Dublin

Responding to Brexit - risks, opportunities and priorities for policy

This conference presents a timely opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Ireland posed by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Sessions will assess options for the management of customs on the border with Northern Ireland, potential further issues for trade and movement of people as well as wider effects, such as a weaker pound and uncertainty affecting investment.

Delegates will also explore the potential new opportunities offered by Brexit, including positioning Ireland as the only English-speaking gateway to the Single Market, and consider the policy options around tax, infrastructure and trade promotion to maximise the economic benefits for Ireland.

Wednesday 7th February

Carrickdale Hotel and Spa
Carrickarnon, Ravensdale
Ireland

Navigating Brexit:
Post-Brexit International & Cross-Border Trade

(8.30am - 1.00 pm)

Newry, Chamber of Commerce & Trade, Dundalk Chamber, InterTradeIreland, Louth Enterprise Office, Louth County Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are  hosting this event to help businesses to gear up from Brexit.

  • Hear up-to-date insights from guest speakers Tánaiste and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney on how to plan for Brexit.
  • Practical workshops on specific Brexit-related issues such as VAT, Customs, Tax and Rules of Origin
  • Tips on how to prepare for the challenge with a panel discussion on people, supply chain and currency with SME company experiences.

January 2018

Thursday 25th January

DCU Brexit Institute Dublin City University,  The Helix, Dublin Ireland

Brexit, Ireland and the Future of Europe

(9.30am - 5.00pm)

The DCU Brexit Institute is hosting this event in partnership with European Movement Ireland. The event will be opened by a Keynote Address on “The Future of Europe” by his Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. The event will also feature Keynote Speeches on Brexit and the prospects of EU integration from Hillary Benn, Chairman of the UK House of Commons Committee on Exiting the EU, and Herman Van Rompuy, President emeritus of the European Council.
Finally, after a panel of academics and representatives of civil society, the event will be concluded by a final Keynote Address by Simon Coveney, Tánaiste and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Thursday 25th January INTO
23-24 College Gardens
Belfast
BT9 6BS
Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) Seminar
(3.30pm - 4.45pm) 
This paper presents the findings from the 'Bordering on Brexit study' led by Dr Hayward on behalf of the Irish Central Border Area Network, which gathered the views of those on both sides of the border regarding Brexit. The paper considers the degree to which these perspectives have been taken into account in the approach taken to Brexit by policymakers at local and national levels. It looks in particular at the Joint Report agreed by the EU and UK negotiators on 8th December and assesses whether it constitutes firm reassurance on Ireland/Northern Ireland issues, especially for those living and working in the border region.
Thursday 25th January

Riddel Hall
Queens University Belfast
185 Stranmillis Rd
Belfast
BT9 5EE

A Healthy Brexit

(9am-2pm)

This event, organised by the NHS Confederation, will bring together key partners, north and south, to explore the policy context, emerging mitigating actions and any opportunities to improve health outcomes. Building on the round table report from March 2017 and the work of the Brexit Health Alliance, the key issues to be covered will include; Workforce, Funding, Innovation, Regulation, Cross Border Working, and wider co-operation.
Wednesday 24th January

Ballymascanlon Hotel
Dundalk
Ireland

All Ireland Supply Chain - Brexit

by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

(2.00pm - 5.00pm)

Hear from Enterprise Ireland, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Inter Trade Ireland and AEB Software Solutions on how to begin preparing for Brexit, the implications of a hard Brexit on trade and future trading arrangements.

Practical advice will be given on specific Brexit-related issues such as rules of origin, tariffs, non-tariff barriers and the movement of goods.

Plus, one-to-one support at tailored workshops and clinics led by experts.
Thursday 18th January Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Maintaining the Common Travel Area, citizenship & rights

Part of Navigating Brexit: A Roundtable Series

(8.00am - 10.00am)

 
Part of EU Debate NI “Navigating Brexit: A Roundtable Series”, providing a space for informed discussion focused on developing flexible and imaginative solutions for Northern Ireland post Brexit.
These Roundtable events involve key stakeholders from across the private, public and community sectors to encourage a solutions orientated approach, informed by leading academic expertise and focus on how we navigate the Brexit process, solutions for the post Brexit UK-EU relationship and policy priorities in the context of devolution. Key Observers, including representatives on the NI Civil Service, UK Government and other relevant decision-makers will be in attendance.
Wednesday 17th  January

Edmund Burke Theatre,
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Ireland

The Future of Europe and its Borders

(7.00pm - 9.00pm)

Part of the ‘Future of Europe Project’ in partnership with the Financial Times, this discussion focuses on the border question and the free movement of people, goods and services.
The issue of migration and the movement of people into Europe and throughout its jurisdictions has challenged the very core of the EU institutions in recent years. The UK’s exit from the European Union now poses new questions which bring the border dilemma closer to home as Ireland faces the possibility of the reinstatement of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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