Brexit Related Events / Conferences / Seminars in 2020

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  Brexit related events forthcoming in 2020. The events are listed in reverse chronological order.  You can also view details of past events which took place in 20192018, 2017 and 2016.

Forthcoming Events in 2020:  
January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December |


Date Location Event Details Description
Friday 27th March

Belfast (TBC)

Brexit Briefing (Northern Ireland)

by CBI

(8.00am - 10.30am)


Event organised by Confederation of British Industry (CBI):
"Get ahead of the curve and give your business the edge by joining the CBI’s Campaigns team for a download on their latest Brexit and political intelligence.
Keeping pace with the constantly evolving political environment is exceptionally challenging, but our latest insights will ensure you are better able to prepare for the external changes impacting your business."

Friday 28th February

Cafe Vic-Ryn
Moira Road
BT28 2RF

Business Event - Economic Review & Brexit Update

(8.00am - 10.00am)

Economic Review & Brexit Update delivered by Richard Ramsey, Ulster Bank Chief Economist, Stephen Kelly, CEO Manufacturing NI & Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

Thursday      27th February

Titanic Belfast
1 Olympic Way
Queen's Road
BT3 9EP                    

The Northern Ireland Brexit Summit       

(by Premier Publishing & Events)                             

(9.00am - 4.00pm)

The 2020 Northern Ireland Manufacturing & Supply Chain Expo will provide a forum for manufacturers and operators involved throughout the supply chain to gather to discuss pressing issues facing the industry. It will cover the full manufacturing spectrum, including the food and drink, biopharma, medtech, healthcare, construction, procurement, and precision engineering sectors.
Tuesday 11th February

Shaftesbury Recreation Centre
(Main Hall) 
97 Balfour Avenue

A Conversation about the Constitutional Future of Ireland

(7.30 - 9.30pm)

The Constitutional Conversations Group has organised conversations in Dublin, Derry and Belfast. The aim of each conversation is to have an open exchange about constitutional futures on our shared island. A discussion that respects the values of the Good Friday Agreement and engages with the constitutional consequences of Brexit.

Panellists include: Margaret Ward, Eilish Rooney, Duncan Morrow and Colin Harvey

Tuesday 4th February

The Canada Room and Council Chamber
Queen's University Belfast
University Road

Queen's Policy Engagement Post-Brexit Clinic

by Queen's Policy Engagement (formerly QPol)


The UK's request to extend the Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020 was agreed in 2019 but the UK can also leave before then if a deal is agreed by Parliament. However, as things stand, the 1st February 2020 will mark the first day of the transition period for the UK and the beginning of a very tight timeframe for negotiating the UK's future relationship with the EU before the 31 December deadline.

Join us on 4 February 2020 for the latest updates from our resident Brexit experts, led by Professor David Phinnemore. Will the UK have exited the EU on the 31st January? Has Boris simply kicked a cliff-edge Brexit down the line? Will the new withdrawal agreement create a border in the Irish Sea?

Wednesday 22nd January

Maldron Hotel
200 Airport Road,
BT29 4ZY

Get Ready for Brexit - Training Needs Analysis workshop

(09.00am - 1.00pm)



At this workshop - organised by Invest NI - you will get an insight into the tools and techniques used by learning and development professionals to analyse training needs. This will enable you to increase productivity and improve the skills of your people through targeted training going forward.
With potential changes to your workforce as a consequence of Brexit it is important to review your skills needs.
This interactive session will cover:
  • What is a training needs analysis?
  • The 3 levels of training analysis
Thursday 16th January

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law
University Square

Citizenship in Northern Ireland after Brexit 

A seminar hosted by the Joint Committee of NIHRC & IHREC at Queen's University Belfast

 (3.30 - 6.00pm)

Reference in the UK-EU Report on Negotiations in December 2017 to the continuing EU rights, opportunities and benefits of Irish citizens in Northern Ireland, ‘including where resident in Northern Ireland’, raised expectations - subsequently dampened in the Withdrawal Agreement - but also posed challenges in terms of the equality, parity of esteem and birthright aspects of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement 1998.

Though the birthright issue dates back to the signing of the Agreement and discussion on a Bill of Rights, it has been brought into sharp focus by Brexit and court cases including that of Emma and Jake de Souza, seeking to rely on Irish citizenship to avail of EEA rights.

Addressing these issues and the potential to reconcile two Agreements and domestic law and ensure no diminution of rights, our speakers will include research authors,Dr. Ben Warwick of Birmingham Law School and Colin Murray of Newcastle Law School; and leading Immigration barrister, Alison Harvey.

Wednesday 15th January

River House
48-60 High Street

Political Briefing
by Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

(8.00am -10.00am)

Enter 2020 ahead of the curve by joining the CBI’s Campaigns and EU Negotiations teams for a download on their latest political intelligence.
The prospect of a new Government means businesses will be facing anything from a Brexit deal, to a no-deal, and possibly a second referendum. We know it’s never been harder for businesses to plan, and keeping pace with the constantly evolving political environment is exceptionally challenging. Our latest insights will ensure you are better able to prepare for the external changes impacting your business and seize opportunities as they arise

Monday 6th January The Canada Room and Council Chamber
Queen's University Belfast
University Road


Brexit, Citizens’ Assemblies and the future of Democracy in the UK

by The Democracy Unit, QUB

(6.00pm - 8.00pm)

The Brexit process has put the UK’s democratic system under great strain, pitting competing democratic visions against each other and exposing weaknesses in each.

This special event will examine those weaknesses and consider possible ways of addressing them. Could the 2016 referendum have been designed differently to create a less polarised process? How could the grievances with current politics that the referendum result highlighted be tackled?

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