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NEXTEUK EU/UK Forum Policy Roundtable British influence over the EU in post-Brexit times

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 12:45 PM -
Where: Zoom

Since the UK has left the EU, many questions have raised in respect to the influence of the former on the latter. The NEXTEUK – EU/UK Forum Policy Roundtable will focus on three of them.

A first round of questions relates to the new governance structures (e.g. the Joint Partnership Council): How are these new structures working out and to what extent do they transform the relationship between the EU and the UK, now a third country, yet a special one?

A second set of wonderings addresses the topic of scrutiny: What is the role of the European Parliament in the implementation of the Trade Cooperation Agreement and what will parliamentary cooperation work?

Finally, this roundtable will investigate the role of lobbies and civil society: Who managed to successfully influence the task force on the negotiations? How are the British civil society and interest groups getting organised to continue their influence in Brussels and on the new governance structure? To what extent is Brexit impacting their strategies and resources?

Those questions will be at the centre of our NEXTEUK – EU/UK Forum Roundtable. The online session will respect the Chatham House Rule and will be on invitation only to facilitate a frank and open discussion. The Roundtable aims to offer participants the following:

1) A high-level panel of academics and experts presenting their first-hand analysis and fresh insights on the governance of EU-UK relations post-Brexit.

2) A major opportunity to engage directly into a series of reflections and exchange of views with a strategic focus on the influence strategies deployed by various UK stakeholders in Brussels.

3) A privileged policy hub that bends academic knowledge with professional expertise and interdisciplinary research methods.

4) Engagement in developing specific, tailor-made policy solutions in the context of the challenging transformations brought by Brexit.



12.45 - 13.00

Opening and Welcoming words by Sarah Wolff, QMUL, NEXTEUK, and Paul Adamson, EU/UK Forum



13.00 - 14.00

Panel 1. New Diplomatic and Governance Structures

How is the UK’s representation in Brussels affected by the change of status? How is the new relationship shaping up when it comes to the new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement?

Chair: Sarah Wolff, QMUL, NEXTEUK

  • William Macfarlane, Director, Economics and Finance, the UK Mission to the European Union
  • Anand Menon, KCL, UK in a Changing Europe
  • Nicole Mannion, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to the UK



14.00 - 15.00

Panel 2. The role of inter-parliamentary cooperation and scrutiny of EU-UK joint bodies

What are the new arrangements in place to ensure effective scrutiny of the EU-UK relationship, of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the Withdrawal Agreement? What will be the place of parliaments in the scrutiny of joint UK-EU bodies and of the Northern Ireland Protocol? How will the UK-EU Parliamentary Partnership Assembly work?

Chair: Helena Farrand Carrapico, Northumbria University

  • Seb Dance, former deputy leader of the EP Labour Party and vice-chair of the EP Committee on the Environment, Health and Food Safety
  • Roger Liddle, member of the House of Lords’ European Affairs Committee and co- chair of Policy Network
  • Davor Jancic, QMUL, NEXTEUK

15.00 - 15.15 



15.15 - 16.15

Panel 3. Interest groups and civil society in Brussels

Who managed to exert influence on the EU-UK negotiations? And how will British interest groups and civil society continue to exert influence on EU regulation? How has coordination in pan-European lobby groups evolved since the withdrawal of the UK?

Chair: Paul Adamson, EU-UK Forum

  • Alexander Katsaitis, LSE
  • Russell Antram, Head of Europe Trade at Confederation of British Industry
  • Sabina Maria Ciofu, techU



16.15 - 16.30



This roundtable is on invitation only, please email if you'd like to join.

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