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After the referendum – what next for the EU and the UK?

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In the immediate aftermath of the UK referendum on continued EU membership, Queen’s University Belfast’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Tensions at the Fringes of the European Union” (TREUP), in association with QPol policy engagement, offered view-points by a panel of academic experts and a debate on the future consequences and opportunities following the referendum. … Continue reading

After the referendum – what next for the EU and the UK? (29 June, 12:30)

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On 24 June the result of UK’s EU referendum was announced: a slim majority voted LEAVE, while majorities in Northern Ireland and Scotland favoured “REMAIN”. TREUP offered a public debate with its principal investigator, the co-investigators and two collaborators, filling a room to bursting and receiving more than 300 views on a live stream. A report on the event can be accessed here:  After the Referendum – what next for EU & UK – 29 06 16

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If Britain leaves the EU, could it simply re-join?

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Whatever the outcome of the EU referendum, there will be voters who, after the event, will have second thoughts on the wisdom of their choice. They will have cast their vote, however. And that cannot be undone. The result will stand. Assuming the vote is to leave, withdrawal negotiations would ensue and the UK would probably leave the EU two years later. … Continue reading

The 23 June and Northern Ireland – Legal Perspectives (2): Peace

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On 23 June, citizens vote whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or whether it should announce its intention to withdraw. While this question has general consequences for Great Britain (i.e. England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland alike, there are also aspects which affect Northern Ireland specifically. This second blog considers the peace process … Continue reading

Mobility & Equality in the EU: Friend or Foe? (7 June, 13:00)

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Does Free Movement of Persons in the European Union remain a fundamental principle of the EU? Or will the EU betray its principles and abandon equal treatment of free moving citizens? These were the themes of our afternoon seminar chaired by Professor Dagmar Schiek (QUB) with a  keynote by Professor Catherine Barnard, Cambridge University. A report of the event can be accessed here: 7 June Mobility and Equality summary report. Four papers have been published as working papers, of which two grew into journal articles.

The Principle of (In)Equality in EU Labour Migration Law, Margerite Zoeteweij
published in European Labour Law Journal, Volume 8 (2017), issue 1 (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2031952517699104

Roma EU citizens – Caught Between EU and Member States, Cristina Juverdeanu

Revision of the Posted Worker’s Directive: Equality at Last?, Rebecca Zahn
published in  Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies Vol 19 (2017) – https://doi.org/10.1017/cel.2017.5

Local Communities and the Protection of Rights for Intra-EU Migrants: Lessons Learned from Wales before the EU Referendum

They also appear in the CETLS on-line paper series.

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Northern Ireland Affairs Committee published report on UK referendum

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The House of Common’s Select Committee has concluded its enquiry on Northern Ireland and the EU referendum with a report which identifies the impact “in key areas such as the economy, agriculture and the border with the Republic” of a potential withdrawal of the UK from the EU. The report is available here.

The EU Referendum & Northern Ireland: ask the experts (7 June,18:30)

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In the run-up to the UK referendum on continued EU membership, opinions were divided and very pronounced. Most agreed that this was one of the most important decisions in this decade for the electorate to take. We invited the general public to reflect on the EU referendum and put questions to experts from Queen’s and beyond.  A full report of the event is available now.  … Continue reading

EU Referendum: Border impact of a Brexit on Northern Ireland

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At the EU referendum on 23 June, citizens poll whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or whether it should announce its intention to withdraw. This question clearly affects Northern Ireland just as other parts of the UK. Nevertheless, the term “Brexit” has become shorthand of the event – as if the decision is only about Britain (i.e. England, Wales and Scotland). … Continue reading