Negotiating Brexit: what do the UK’s negotiating partners want?

Jean-Claude Piris, Malcolm Rifkind, Allegra Stratton, Anand Menon, and members of the ‘Negotiating Brexit’ observatory, discuss the positions and approaches taken by national governments and EU institutions to the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the future relationship.

  • How do EU member states and institutions view Brexit and the UK government’s approach to the negotiations?
  • What are their negotiating positions? What are their main priorities, red lines, and bottom lines?
  • Who are the decision makers, and what are their principal considerations? To whom are they responsive? What trade-offs are they likely to make, and under what circumstances?
  • What deal, if any, is likely?

Programme (subject to modification)

09:00 Registration and coffee

09:30 Introduction

  • Hussein Kassim, Professor of University of East Anglia and Associate Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’
  • Simon Usherwood, Reader in Politics, University of Surrey, and Associate Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’

09:40 Keynote speaker: The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC, UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1995-1997

  • Chair: Christian Fraser, Presenter BBC 100 Days

10:15 ‘The state of the negotiations’

  • Chair: Allegra Stratton, National Editor of ITV News
  • Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King’s College London and Director of ‘UK in a Changing Europe’
  • Stefaan De Rynck, advisor to Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, European Commission

10:35 Panel 1. The European Institutions

  • Chair: Allegra Stratton, National Editor of ITV News
  • Hussein Kassim, University of East Anglia
  • Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey

10:50 Panel 2. France, Germany, Austria and Luxembourg

  • Chair: Nina Schick, political commentator and advisor
  • Professor Christian Lequesne, Professor of European Politics and Director of CERI, Sciences Po Paris
  • Professor Eva Heidbreder, Professor of European Politics and Director of CERI, University of Maldeburgh
  • Professor Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, Professor of Political Theory and Director of the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg
  • Dr Ana-Lena Högenauer, Faculty member, University of Luxembourg

11:25 Coffee

11:40 – Keynote speaker: Jean-Claude Piris, Legal Counsel of the European Council and of the EU Council of Ministers, Director General of the Legal Service of the Council, 1988 to 2010, and Legal Council at IGCs leading to the Maastricht, Amsterdam, Nice, Constitutional, and Lisbon Treaties

  • Chair TBC

12:15 Panel 3. Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK

  • Chair: tbc
  • Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute
  • Adriaan Schout, Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator Europe, Clingendael Institute for International Affairs
  • Salvador Llaudes, Analyst, Real Instituto Elcano
  • Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey

12:50 Panel 4: Greece, Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania

  • Chair: Christine Reh, UCL
  • Calliope Spanou, Professor of Administrative Science,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and Greek Ombudsman, 2011-15
  • Natazsha Styczyńska, Faculty member, Jagiellonian University
  • Petr Kaniok, Associate Professor, Masaryk University
  • Professor Ramunas Vilpisauskas, Director and Professor of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University

13:30 Lunch

14:15 Panel 5: Denmark and Sweden

  • Chair: Annabelle Dickson, Reporter,
  • Mads Dagnis Jensen, Associate Professor, University of Roskilde
  • Mats Braun, Senior Lecturer, Södertörn University

14:45 Ends

Please register here.

Funded under the ESRC’s Brexit Priority programme and convened by Professor Hussein Kassim and Dr Simon Usherwood, the event is open to anyone interested in the debate and entry is free.

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