The authoritative source for independent research on UK-EU relations

22 Sep 2022

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, UK

A Changing EU

Relationship with the EU

A full day conference focusing on how the UK has repositioned itself in Europe and the world since it left the EU on 31 January 2020

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ESRC ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ ‘GOOD NEIGHBOURS? THE UK AND EUROPE’

This conference asks:

  • How has UK foreign policy changed?
  • Can the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) provide a solid basis for the UK-EU relations?
  • How is the UK and its relationship with the EU viewed from European capitals?
  • What are the possibilities and prospects for the UK-EU relations?

08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 Welcome and Introduction: Hussein Kassim, Professor of Politics, University of East Anglia and Senior Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’

09:10 The view from the EU: Joao Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the UK

Chair: Hussein Kassim

09:40 The Withdrawal Agreement and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement: the basis for a strong relationship?

  • Katy Hayward, Professor of Political Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and Senior Fellow of ‘The UK in Changing Europe’
  • Georg Riekeles, Associate Director, European Policy Centre, former diplomatic adviser to Michel Barnier and member of Article 50 Task Force and Task Force for Relations with the UK

Chair: Chris Morris, British broadcast journalist, and regular contributor to BBC News, Today, BBC Reality Check, and From Our Own Correspondent

10:20 The view from EU member states I

  • Brigid Laffan, Professor Emeritus and former Director, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute
  • Rem Korteweg, Senior research fellow, Clingendael Institute – ‘The Netherlands’
  • Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute and Lecturer, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – ‘Spain’

Chair: Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law, University of Cambridge, and Deputy Director ‘UK in a Changing Europe’

11:15 Coffee

11:35 UK-EU relations in comparative perspective

  • Stefanie Walter, Professor of International Relations and Political Economy, University of Zurich [online]
  • John Erik Fossum, Professor of Political Science at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, and Scientific Coordinator of EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy

Chair: Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law, University of Cambridge, and Deputy Director ‘UK in a Changing Europe’

12:15 Conversation with Sir Ivan Rogers: ‘Where should the UK and EU go from here?’

  • Sir Ivan Rogers, KCMG is a former senior British civil servant and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union, November 2013 until 3 January 2017

Chair: Jill Rutter, former British civil servant, Senior Research Fellow ‘UK in a Changing Europe’, and previously programme director, Institute for Government

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Conversation with Susannah Simon, Director, Europe Group, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Chair: Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King’s College London, and Director of ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’

14:15 The view from EU member states II

  • Pauline Schnapper, Professor of British Studies, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3 – ‘France’
  • Eva Heidbreder, Professor of Political Science/Multilevel Governance in Europe, Otto-von Guericke Universität Magdeburg – ‘Germany’
  • Tony Lawrence, Head of Defence Policy and Strategy Programme, and Research Fellow, International Centre for Defence and Security, Estonia – ‘The view from Estonia’

Chair: Anne Deighton, Professor Emeritus of European International Politics, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, Faculty of History, Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

15:10 Future cooperation and future relations: security and migration

  • Sir Julian King KCVO CMG, Lately European Commissioner for the Security Union – ‘Security’ [online]
  • Sarah Wolff, Professor in European Politics and International Relations, Director of the Center for European Research at Queen Mary University of London

Chair: Paul Adamson, Chair, EU-UK Forum

15:50 Coffee

16:05 Future cooperation and future relations: foreign policy, defence and trade

  • Sir Robin Niblett, Departing Director and Chief Executive, and Distinguished Fellow, Chatham House
  • Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, former UK diplomat, former Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Former Political Director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and former Minister for Security and Counterterrorism [online]
  • Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

Chair: Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, King’s College London, and Director of ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’

17:00 Event finishes

Negotiating the Future: the UK’s re-positioning in Europe’ is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and part of ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ programme www.UKandEU.ac.uk . The event is convened by Hussein Kassim, Professor of Politics, University of East Anglia and ESRC Senior Fellow.

For further information about the event, please contact: ntf.ppl@uea.ac.uk

This event will be live streamed on YouTube, with recorded videos of keynote speakers and panel discussions available online at a later date. The live stream link will be posted to:

Twitter @TheNegotiating. Conference hashtag: #goodneighbours2022

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