Tensions at the Fringes of the European Union – Regaining the EU’s Purpose
The TREUP project pursues interdisciplinary European studies from the enhanced perception of tensions at the fringes of the European Union, combining the empirical exploration of tensions with the EU’s purpose as a normative constitutional perspective. Its four research clusters focus on tensions between narrow economic perspectives on integration and the lives of Europe’s people in their diversity, between the EU’s external (trade) policy and its constitutional values, between different degrees of intensity of integration and different levels of governance, and between the two competing European human rights regimes.
Almost two weeks after the EU referendum, the world’s media are still focusing on the United Kingdom, its population and the disruption of its political caste in analysing the results of 24 June. This is akin to that long wait for the worst to happen, just like the rabbits’ instinctive immobility when viewing a snake. … Continue reading
Unlike the UK as a whole, Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU – and now it finds itself in a deep political and economic tangle. The Northern Ireland Remain vote had been anticipated, and as expected, support was strongest in border areas and in Belfast. … Continue reading
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
In the last of a series of articles on the UK referendum on EU membership, Professor Dagmar Schiek looks at the impact the EU has had as regards free movement of people and the protection of workers’ rights. … Continue reading
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
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
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
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 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.
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