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  • The Independence of Judges in Polish’s Courts: the CJEU Judgement in Commission v Poland (C-192/18)
    Niels Kirst (Dublin City University) Background of the case In its recent judgment, the European Court of Justice (hereafter ‘Court’ or ‘Court of Justice’) declared the reform of the retirement age of judges of the ordinary courts of the Polish judiciary contrary to European Union law (hereafter ‘EU law’). Besides...
    November 19, 2019
    Niels Kirst
  • The November 10th elections in Spain: last chance for left-wing parties to make a government?
    Leonardo Álvarez Álvarez (University of Oviedo) On the 10th of November new elections were held in Spain, six months after the previous vote on the 28th of April. The care-taker president, Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party, forced another general election when he refused to form a coalition government proposed...
    November 15, 2019
    Leonardo Álvarez Álvarez
  • From Harold Wilson To Jeremy Corbyn: Labour's Brexit Policy In Perspective
    Josh Hockley-Still (University of Exeter) ‘I will negotiate to the best of my ability a (Brexit) deal that will look after jobs and the economy. But the best way to look after jobs and the economy is for us to Remain.’ This recent quote, delivered by Labour’s Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry,...
    November 14, 2019
    Joshua Hockley-Still
  • Every Brexit impasse costs the UK dearly: ‘No-deal preparations’ are a procurement blackhole, but who’s counting?
    Albert Sanchez-Graells (University of Bristol Law School) Brexit is creating a plethora of effects for the UK and the EU. Some are clearly visible, while others are not. Most of them are largely negative. From an economic perspective, it is only too clear that every Brexit impasse generates negative economic...
    November 12, 2019
    Albert Sanchez-Graells
  • The Achilles Heel(s) of the EU and UK Criminal Justice System in the Brexit saga
    Francesco Rossi (University of Ferrara) Introduction The entrance of the United Kingdom into the European Community pursuant to the European Community Act (1972) started a process of Europeanisation of UK law. The UK legal system has undergone profound transformations from the outside, but it has also driven the development of EU...
    November 8, 2019
    Francesco Rossi
  • Wither Green Brexit? Northern Ireland’s environment and the new Brexit Deal
    Viviane Gravey (Queen's University Belfast) Another deal, another extension, another general election: recent Brexit developments invite us to revisit what we think Brexit means and the impact it will have on the UK in general and Northern Ireland in particular. This is notably the case for one of the (few) positive...
    November 6, 2019
    Viviane Gravey
  • ‘We, the Court’ or ‘We, the people?’
    Massimo Fichera (University of Helsinki) N.B. This article is part of a wider and broader debate over the consequences on Brexit of the landmark UK Supreme Court prorogation judgment. The discussion hosted by the Brexit Institute Blog about the judgment can be found here. On 24 September 2019, the UK Supreme...
    November 5, 2019
    Massimo Fichera
  • Event Report: Launch of the BRIDGE Project
    The partners of the BRIDGE project together before the kickoff conference!   Event Report: Launch of the BRIDGE Project (Brexit Research and Interchange on Differentiated Governance in Europe) 30-31 October 2019     Jasmine Faudone (Brexit Institute) On 30th – 31st October 2019 the Brexit Institute launched the BRIDGE Project (Brexit Research and Interchange on Differentiated Governance in...
    October 31, 2019
    Jasmine Faudone
  • Is the UK having a rethink on Brexit? It appears so
        Is the UK having a rethink on Brexit? It appears so     Thiemo Fetzer (University of Warwick) New data from a comprehensive Survation poll covering around 20,000 respondents across the whole of the UK suggest that a significant shift is underway. The large size of the poll and the sampling method used...
    October 29, 2019
    Thiemo Fetzer
  • Fools Rush Out: On the Withdrawal Agreement and EU (WA) Bill
      Fools Rush Out: On the Withdrawal Agreement and EU (WA) Bill     Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University) Few actions when done quickly are done well – and law-making has certainly never been one of them. Late in the evening of 21 October 2019, the long-awaited, and highly controversial, European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB)...
    October 25, 2019
    Joelle Grogan
  • Johnson, the Military, and the No-Deal
        Johnson, the Military, and the No-Deal     Luigi Lonardo (King’s College London) History books are set to write the name of the UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, as that of the man who will deliver Brexit despite the two conflicting motivations that he himself represented for his country. In his ‘acceptance speech’...
    October 23, 2019
    Luigi Lonardo
  • Ten Months Later: A Retrospective of Wightman
    Flags of the G7 Summit. Image credit to Number 10 via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.   Ten Months Later: A Retrospective of Wightman      John Cotter (Maastricht University)   It is now almost ten months since the Court of Justice handed down its ruling in Case C-621/18 Wightman and Others v Secretary of State for Exiting...
    October 21, 2019
    John Cotter
  • A Backstop for the Backward?
      Boris and Varadkar in Dublin on Sep.9. Featured image credit: Number 10 via a BY-NC-ND licence.   A Backstop for the Backward?     Colin Murray (Newcastle University)   A Brexit deal is, on paper at least, done. Michel Barnier solemnly informed the gathered media that the controversial backstop arrangements contained within the draft Withdrawal Agreement’s...
    October 18, 2019
    Colin Murray
  • Event Report: Brexit and Data Protection
      Professor Fabbrini introducing the event (DCU Brexit Institute)   Event Report: Brexit and Data Protection (Talent Garden, DCU Alpha, 17.10.19)     Jasmine Faudone (Brexit Institute) On October 17th 2019 the Brexit Institute hosted the event “Brexit and Data Protection” at the Talent Garden-DCU Alpha, sponsored by Dublin Airport, AIB Ireland, Arthur Cox Law and...
    October 18, 2019
    Jasmine Faudone
  • What To Expect (From the EU Council) When You Are Expecting A Brexit Deal
    Westminster. Featured image credit: UK Parliament via a BY-NC-ND licence.   What To Expect (From the EU Council) When You Are Expecting A Brexit Deal     Nikos Skoutaris (University of East Anglia) The ardent proponents of Brexit have long argued that a Brexit deal would only be done at the very last minute. According...
    October 16, 2019
    Nikos Skoutaris
  • Could the European Council grant the UK a new extension?
      Boris and Donald Tusk at G7. Featured image credit: Number 10 via a BY-NC-ND licence.    Could the European Council grant the UK a new extension?      Thibaud Harrois (Sorbonne Nouvelle) In early September 2019, a few weeks after Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, French Foreign Secretary Jean-Yves Le Drian explained France was not...
    October 15, 2019
    Thibaud Harrois
  •  Brexit and Blockchain Technology
        This article is the first of a Brexit Institute Blog Series on "Brexit and blockchain technology", where we aim to assess the impact of blockchain on the Brexit process under various perspectives. Other contributions are going to be featured in the coming weeks.  Brexit and Blockchain Technology     Lory Kehoe (Consensys) A cornerstone...
    October 14, 2019
    Lory Kehoe
  • The Digital Record of the Case of Prorogation: A Curated Collation
    Joe McIntyre (University of South Australia) This post attempts to bring together a comprehensive list of all the various blog posts and legal academic writing on Cherry/Miller (No 2) decision (at least for the first fortnight), highlighting key themes, ideas and discussions Cherry/Miller (No 2) is a very different case –...
    October 10, 2019
    Joe McIntyre
  • Some Consequences of a Brexit for EU Decentralised Agencies
    Big Ben. Featured image credit: UK Parliament via a BY-NC-ND licence.   Some Consequences of a Brexit for EU Decentralised Agencies     Merijn Chamon (Maastricht University)   This blogpost expands on two of the consequences that a Brexit may have or has already had for the EU’s Decentralised Agencies. Relocation While the UK’s withdrawal from the EU...
    October 9, 2019
    Merijn Chamon
  • The Politics of Blame in the UK’s Relationship with the EU
    Brexit flag. Featured image credit: muffinn via a BY licence.   The politics of blame in the UK’s relationship with the EU     Paul Copeland (Queen Mary University London)   During the 2016 UK referendum campaign on UK membership of the EU the slogan ‘take back control’ became the dominant message of Vote Leave. ‘Take...
    October 7, 2019
    Paul Copeland
  • Growing Momentum for a Deal
    Growing Momentum for a Deal     Jennifer Powers (Alternative Arrangements Commission Technical Panel) Harold Wilson’s observation that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ needs updating for our Brexit times. After three long years of dithering and months of paralysis, the prospect of a deal has risen sharply overnight following the...
    October 3, 2019
    Jennifer Powers
  • The New European Commission and the Future of the EU  
    The new European Commission and the future of the EU     Patrick Bijsmans (Maastricht University) It already seems ages ago that we had the kick-off of the European election campaign here in Maastricht on 29 April. The Maastricht Debate, as it was called, brought together the Spitzenkandidaten of five of the European...
    October 3, 2019
    Patrick Bijsmans
  • An Historical Perspective on Brexit: Six Theories
    An Historical Perspective on Brexit: Six Theories     Gilles Grin (Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe and University of Lausanne) The United Kingdom and the European Union are just weeks ahead of the 31 October 2019 deadline when Brexit is supposed to happen. The future is yet to be written but it may...
    September 30, 2019
    Gilles Grin
  • The UK Supreme Court judgment on prorogation: Taking Back Control
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series on “The UK Supreme Court Judgment on Prorogation”. See also Simon Usherwood, Not the Best Way to Go about Things ; Stephen Tierney, The UK Supreme Court’s decision on prorogation ; Alan Greene, ‘Not a Normal Prorogation’:  Parliament, The Courts, the Crown...
    September 30, 2019
    Alan S. Reid
  • An alternative to the Irish Backstop: an All-Ireland “Common No-Custom Area”
    An alternative to the Irish Backstop: an All-Ireland “Common No-Custom Area” as a Frontier Traffic Area under Art. 24 of GATT for products originating in the island (“Ireland-Made”), allowing regulatory divergence by the UK in respect of the EU without necessitating a hard border in Ireland     Giorgio Sacerdoti (Università Bocconi)...
    September 27, 2019
    Giorgio Sacerdoti & Niall Moran
  • Not the best way to go about things
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series on “The UK Supreme Court Judgment on Prorogation”. See also Stephen Tierney, The UK Supreme Court’s decision on prorogation ; Alan Greene, ‘Not a Normal Prorogation’:  Parliament, The Courts, the Crown and The People ; Giovanni Zaccaroni, The UK Supreme Court Judgment...
    September 26, 2019
    Simon Usherwood
  • The UK Supreme Court’s Decision on Prorogation
     This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series on “The UK Supreme Court Judgment on Prorogation”. See also Simon Usherwood, Not the Best Way to Go about Things ; Alan Greene, ‘Not a Normal Prorogation’:  Parliament, The Courts, the Crown and The People; Giovanni Zaccaroni, The UK...
    September 25, 2019
    Stephen Tierney
  • ‘Not a Normal Prorogation’:  Parliament, The Courts, the Crown and The People
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series on "The UK Supreme Court Judgment on Prorogation". See also Stephen Tierney, The UK Supreme Court’s decision on prorogation; Giovanni Zaccaroni, The UK Supreme Court Judgment on Prorogation: Reaffirming the Centrality of the Parliament     ‘Not a Normal Prorogation’:  Parliament, The...
    September 25, 2019
    Alan Greene
  • The UK Supreme Court Judgment on Prorogation: Reaffirming the Centrality of the Parliament
    The UK Supreme Court Judgment on Prorogation: Reaffirming the Centrality of the Parliament     Giovanni Zaccaroni (DCU Brexit Institute) Today, 24 September 2019, the UK Supreme Court released an historical and unanimous judgment on the justiciability and legitimacy of the Government decision to prorogue the Parliament (see our previous coverage on the...
    September 24, 2019
    Giovanni Zaccaroni
  • Britain’s exit into disharmony and resentment
    Britain’s exit into disharmony and resentment     Gylfi Zoega (University of Iceland and Birkbeck College) We have a prime minister who likes Churchill, has adapted his mannerism and may soon give his speeches. He expresses English nationalism, nurtured by many since the beginning of the 1990s through jokes at the expense of...
    September 23, 2019
    Gylfi Zoega
  • Thanks to Brexit: An ever-closer Union in financial supervision
    Thanks to Brexit: An ever-closer Union in financial supervision     Nathan de Arriba-Sellier (Leiden and Rotterdam Universities) Three years after the referendum, the path to Brexit has proven to be a litmus test for European supervisory arrangements. In addition to the preparations led by proactive and cooperating British and European authorities, a...
    September 20, 2019
    Nathan de Arriba-Sellier
  • Undermining Our European Way of Life: the von der Leyen Commission Takes the Low Road
    ‘Europe a fortress, Greece a prison, the Aegean a graveyard’: graffiti in Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece, 23 Aug 2019 (copyright Tom Flynn)   Undermining Our European Way of Life: the von der Leyen Commission Takes the Low Road     Tom Flynn (University of Essex) One of the most widespread and longstanding idées reçues of European...
    September 19, 2019
    Tom Flynn
  • The importance of being equivalent: Brexit and financial services
    The importance of being equivalent: Brexit and financial services     Scott James (King’s College London) & Lucia Quaglia (University of Bologna) Over the summer, the impasse in the negotiations concerning a new framework agreement between the European Union (EU) and Switzerland led to the EU’s withdrawal of Switzerland’s equivalence status in finance....
    September 18, 2019
    Scott James & Lucia Quaglia
  • Event Report: “Brexit, the Irish Economy and the Future of European Fintech”
    Event Report: “Brexit, the Irish Economy and the Future of European Fintech”      On 16 September 2019 the Brexit Institute, in cooperation with Dublin Airport Central, has hosted an event on “Brexit, the Irish Economy and the Future of European Fintech”. The event, opened by Dalton Philips (CEO of Dublin Airport),...
    September 17, 2019
    DCU Brexit Institute
  • Brexit and the future of Fintech  
    This article introduces the event "Brexit, the Irish Economy and the Future of European Fintech" that will be hosted by the Brexit Institute at Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport on Monday, 16 September 2019. The event features a keynote speech given by Paschal Donohoe (Minister of Finance of Ireland).     Brexit and the...
    September 13, 2019
     Pierangelo Rosati
  • Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: Prorogation and the Case for Constitutional Reform
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series hosting the comments of scholars on “Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis”. See also Asif Hameed, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act; Philip Cunliffe, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: The...
    September 12, 2019
    Jack Simson Caird
  • Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: the Responsibility of the British Parliament
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series hosting the comments of scholars on “Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis”. See also Asif Hameed, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act; Philip Cunliffe, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional...
    September 12, 2019
    Tara McCormack
  • Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: the Impossibility of Avoiding EU Law
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series hosting the comments of scholars on “Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis”. See also Asif Hameed, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act; Philip Cunliffe, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional...
    September 12, 2019
    Elaine Fahey
  • Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: The Europeanisation of British Politics
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series hosting contributions from scholars on “Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis”. See also Asif Hameed, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act; Elaine Fahey, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis:...
    September 11, 2019
    Philip Cunliffe
  • Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act
    This article is part of a Brexit Institute Blog Series hosting contributions from scholars on “Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis”. See also Philip Cunliffe, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional Crisis: The Europeanisation of British Politics; Elaine Fahey, Brexit and the UK Political and Constitutional...
    September 11, 2019
    Asif Hameed
  • The Irish Border and the Safeguard of the UK Territorial Integrity
    The Irish Border and the Safeguard of the UK Territorial Integrity   David Collins (City University) The border in Ireland has emerged as the most significant, perhaps the only remaining barrier to the conclusion of sensible trade arrangements between the UK and the EU post-Brexit. It may also be the main reason...
    September 10, 2019
    David Collins
  • Boris Johnson's Non-Strategy for a No Deal Brexit
    Boris Johnson's Non-Strategy for a No Deal Brexit   Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham) To state the obvious and essential point, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his senior Ministers and advisors are dedicating themselves to a No Deal Brexit crash-out from the European Union on 31 October. Johnson still makes noises...
    September 9, 2019
    Scott Lucas
  • No Deal, No Backstop: The Potential Impact on Northern Ireland
    No Deal, No Backstop: The Potential Impact on Northern Ireland   Cameron Boyle (Immigration Advice Service) As we hurtle towards our Brexit deadline of the 31st of October, the prospect of leaving without a deal appears increasingly likely. Not only this, but Boris Johnson has now described the Irish backstop - a...
    September 6, 2019
    Cameron Boyle
  • Consensus on Brexit is Impossible but Avoiding No Deal is Within Reach
    Consensus on Brexit is Impossible but avoiding No Deal is Within Reach   Jennifer Powers (Competere) The Brexit denouement moves a step closer this week. Yesterday in Parliament saw the latest battle in the decades old Tory civil war over Europe.  It threatens to bring down the Government, split the party and...
    September 5, 2019
    Jennifer Powers
  • Prorogation and the UK Parliament: The next few days will reveal where the heart of power lies in the British constitution
    The DCU Brexit Institute blog is hosting a debate between several authors on the Prorogation of the UK Parliament. This is the fifth blog post. See also: Chris White, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: the Impact of Brexit on the Commons ; Sam Fowles, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: Three Key...
    September 4, 2019
    Joelle Grogan
  • Prorogation and the UK Parliament: The Horror of Halloween Remains?
    The DCU Brexit Institute blog is hosting a debate between several authors on the Prorogation of the UK Parliament. This is the fourth blog post. See also: Chris White, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: the Impact of Brexit on the Commons ; Sam Fowles, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: Three Key Issues ; Ian Cooper, Weaponized Prorogation and...
    September 4, 2019
    Alan S. Reid
  • Weaponized Prorogation and the Harm to Democracy: Lessons from Canada
    The DCU Brexit Institute blog is hosting a debate between several authors on the Prorogation of the UK Parliament. This is the third blog post. See also: Chris White, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: the Impact of Brexit on the Commons ; Sam Fowles, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: Three Key Issues.   Weaponized Prorogation and the Harm to...
    September 3, 2019
    Ian Cooper
  • Prorogation of the UK Parliament: the Impact of Brexit on the Commons
    The DCU Brexit Institute blog is hosting a debate betweenseveral authors on the Prorogation of the UK Parliament. This is the second blog post. See also: Sam Fowles, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: Three Key Issues ; Ian Cooper, Weaponized Prorogation and the Harm to Democracy: Lessons from Canada ; Alan S. Reid,Prorogation...
    August 30, 2019
    Chris White
  • Prorogation of the UK Parliament: Three Key Issues
    The DCU Brexit Institute blog is hosting a debate between several authors on the Prorogation of the UK Parliament. This is the first blog post. See also: Chris White, Prorogation of the UK Parliament: the Impact of Brexit on the Commons ; Ian Cooper, Weaponized Prorogation and the Harm to Democracy: Lessons from...
    August 30, 2019
    Sam Fowles
  • Do All Roads Lead to a No-Deal Brexit? The Prorogation of the UK Parliament
    Do All Roads Lead to a No-Deal Brexit? The Prorogation of the UK Parliament  Giovanni Zaccaroni (Brexit Institute) Until recently, the idea that a prorogation of the UK Parliament could take place right before the final Brexit deadline appeared to be extremely unlikely. The appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister...
    August 29, 2019
    Giovanni Zaccaroni
  • The Italian political crisis: a new government or snap elections?
    The Italian political crisis: a new government or snap elections? Gianfranco Pasquino (University of Bologna) Governmental instability in Italy has never meant democratic instability. Governments have come and gone, on average every 15-17 months within a democratic framework rarely challenged except in a minority of cases. The Italian Constitution has always...
    August 26, 2019
    Gianfranco Pasquino
  • Political polarization in Spain and the election of the Prime Minister
    Political polarization in Spain and the election of the Prime Minister  Leonardo Álvarez Álvarez (University of Oviedo) The approval of the Spanish Constitution of 1978 was a consequence of a broad consensus between different political forces. However, Spain’s current difficulties electing a Prime Minister following the elections held on the 28th...
    August 22, 2019
    Leonardo Álvarez Álvarez
  • The Brexit process and the revocation of UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU
    The Brexit process and the revocation of UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU Athanase Popov (European Commission) The ruling of the Court of Justice in Wightman is remarkable, to an extent rarely seen in the case-law of the European judicature, not only because this is a Full Court judgment, not...
    August 20, 2019
    Athanase Popov
  • How could economists make themselves useful in the Brexit debate?
    How could economists make themselves useful in the Brexit debate? Marianna Koli (New College of Humanities) What should the priorities for economists be in communicating economic policy to the public at a time when trade policy may be changing fundamentally? Public interest in the economic implications of Brexit is certainly strong,...
    August 15, 2019
    Marianna Koli
  • Self-Rule in the 21st century: How UK Citizens Lose Influence Through Brexit
    Self-Rule in the 21st century: How UK Citizens Lose Influence Through Brexit  Christina Eckes (University of Amsterdam) ‘Take back control’ was the slogan of the vote leave campaign in the Brexit Referendum that was, at its heart, driven by concerns over self-rule for UK citizens. Theresa May’s famous Brexit speech...
    August 13, 2019
    Christina Eckes
  • The Common Travel Area and GATS Art. V
    The Common Travel Area and GATS Art. V Charlotte Sieber-Gasser (DCU Brexit Institute) The Common Travel Area and Movement across Borders between Ireland and UK As all of Europe is taking precautionary measures for the scenario of a No-Deal Brexit, let’s take a look at the Common Travel Area (CTA) and its ability...
    August 8, 2019
    Charlotte Sieber-Gasser
  • The Temporary Movement of Service Sector Workers After Brexit
    The Temporary Movement of Service Sector Workers After Brexit Johanna Jacobsson (IE Law School) Public discussion on Brexit has focused more on goods than services. That is understandable considering that trade in services is harder to explain and harder to put in numbers. It is also harder to liberalize than trade in...
    August 6, 2019
    Johanna Jacobsson
  • The appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister – plus ça change?
    The appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister – plus ça change? Alison Young (University of Cambridge) On Wednesday 24 July, Boris Johnson was appointed as the UK’s new Prime Minister. He spared little time in reappointing a new cabinet; the dramatic change in personnel being referred to as ‘The night...
    August 3, 2019
    Alison Young
  • Prime Minister of the 0.3 Per Centers
    Prime Minister of the 0.3 Per Centers Stephen Gardbaum (UCLA School of Law) For the first time in British political history, a prime minister has been elected by the members of a political party and not, as previously, either by voters at a general election or by fellow elected members of...
    August 1, 2019
    Stephen Gardbaum
  • New Leaders and Old Problems: Brexit and the Rule of Law Crisis
    New Leaders and Old Problems: Brexit and the Rule of Law Crisis R. Daniel Kelemen (Rutgers University) The incoming President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson are very different sorts of leaders, but they do have a few...
    July 29, 2019
    R. Daniel Kelemen
  • ‘Come What May’: Boris Johnson’s Brexit Challenge
    ‘Come What May’:  Boris Johnson’s Brexit Challenge Giulia Gentile  (King’s College London) Boris Johnson has won the leadership of the Conservative Party and is set to become the next Prime Minister of the UK. Since the 23rd of June 2016, UK politics have been dominated by the instability and uncertainty surrounding Brexit....
    July 23, 2019
    Giulia Gentile
  • Brexit’s Implications for UK-EU Relations in Justice and Home Affairs
    Brexit’s Implications for UK-EU Relations in Justice and Home Affairs Christine Andreeva (Dublin City University)  The EU’s Area of Freedom Security and Justice (AFSJ; also referred to as Justice and Home Affairs - JHA) has a very specific mandate as compared to other EU policy areas. Officially a shared competence since...
    July 19, 2019
    Christine Andreeva
  • Von der Leyen’s Paper-Thin Election: Will She Keep her Promises?
    Von der Leyen’s Paper-Thin Election: Will She Keep her Promises? Giovanni Zaccaroni  (DCU Brexit Institute) The election of the President of the European Commission is the topical moment of the EU’s political life. The new Commission, in the aftermath of the May 2019 European elections, is expected to start its...
    July 17, 2019
    Giovanni Zaccaroni
  • As Brexit Advances, Grexit Recedes: The Greek Elections and the New Normal
    As Brexit Advances, Grexit Recedes: The Greek Elections and the New Normal Angelos Angelou  (LSE  European Institute) One would be in for a surprise looking at the press coverage that Greece received after its recent elections on 7 July. The outside observer will find himself looking at two entirely different narratives....
    July 12, 2019
    Angelos Angelou
  • Not United, but Linked in Negotiations with the EU: Switzerland and the UK
    Not United, but Linked in Negotiations with the EU: Switzerland and the UK Charlotte Sieber-Gasser (DCU Brexit Institute) Since its decision not to join the EEA in 1992, Switzerland has been continuously negotiating with the EU on various aspects of cooperation, participation and integration. Most recent negotiations about an institutional framework...
    July 8, 2019
    Charlotte Sieber-Gasser
  • The New EU Top Jobs and the Future of Europe
    The New EU Top Jobs and the Future of Europe Federico Fabbrini  (DCU Brexit Institute) Les jeux sont fait. After extensive wrangling and negotiations, the heads of state and government of the EU member states found a magical compromise to identify the leaders of the top jobs for the EU’s next...
    July 4, 2019
    Federico Fabbrini
  • Switzerland-EU Bilateralism: From Pragmatism to Mutual Frustration
    Switzerland-EU Bilateralism: From Pragmatism to Mutual Frustration Cenni Najy  (University of Geneva) Switzerland’s European integration trajectory has been unique and very puzzling to most observers. Switzerland is indeed a particular case. It is the only country of Western Europe not to have joined the EU or the multilateral association offered by...
    July 2, 2019
    Cenni Naji
  • Brexit, Spain and British Gibraltar
    Brexit, Spain and British Gibraltar Gerry O'Reilly (Dublin City University)   Brexit has been closely followed by UK and EU citizens alike in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar (area: 6.8 sq. km.) and its Spanish hinterlands - Campo de Gibraltar in Andalucía. For people there, as in Dundalk, Newry, Derry/Londonderry and...
    June 27, 2019
    Gerry O'Reilly
  • Brexit, the Euro Summit, and Eurozone Governance Reform
    Brexit, the Euro Summit, and Eurozone Governance Reform Ian Cooper (DCU Brexit Institute) Last week’s summit of EU leaders was actually two separate meetings. On Thursday there was a meeting of the European Council, the heads of state and government of all 28 EU member states, which defines the political direction...
    June 25, 2019
    Ian Cooper
  • Brexit and the Political Economy of Northern Ireland
    Brexit and the Political Economy of Northern Ireland M. Leann Brown (University of Florida) There has been a flood of speculation, analysis, predictions and dire warnings about the possible economic consequences of the secession of the United Kingdom from the European Union for Northern Ireland (NI). Much of this commentary focuses on...
    June 20, 2019
    M. Leann Brown
  • The Spitzenkandidaten Process: Requiem for a Misguided Eurodream?
    The Spitzenkandidaten Process: Requiem for a Misguided Eurodream?  R. Daniel Kelemen (Rutgers University)   According to its proponents, the Spitzenkandidaten process was supposed to help democratize the EU. So far, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. While there is evidence the Spitzenkandidaten process has had some beneficial effects for EU democracy, it has also had...
    June 19, 2019
    R. Daniel Keleman
  • Event Report: ‘Which Brexit After the European Elections?'
    Event Report: ‘Which Brexit After the European Elections?' Tom McDonald (DCU Brexit Institute) The Gallery Room at the Helix, Dublin City University (DCU) was bustling on 14th June 2019 at the DCU Brexit Institute seminar event ‘Which Brexit After European Parliament Elections?’. The event was divided into two parts: a keynote speech...
    June 19, 2019
    Tom McDonald
  • Facing the Rights and Equality Crisis: Achieving a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland in the wake of Brexit
    Facing the Rights and Equality Crisis: Achieving a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland in the wake of Brexit Anne Smith (Ulster University) and Colin Harvey (Queen’s University Belfast)   Brexit is giving rise to anxiety about a ‘major constitutional change’ that is creating ‘constitutional uncertainty’, but it has also resulted...
    June 18, 2019
    Anne Smith and Colin Harvey
  • BREXIT and Terrorism: EU Law on Terrorism Facing the Threat of BREXIT
    BREXIT and Terrorism: EU Law on Terrorism Facing the Threat of BREXIT  Ferdinando Angeletti (La Sapienza University) and Giangiuseppe Pili (Dublin City University)   Introduction UK’s exit from the European Union is still not completed: according to the procedure defined by Article 50 of the European Union Treaty (so-called Brexit) the process is not...
    June 13, 2019
    Ferdinando Angeletti and Giangiuseppe Pili
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    June 12, 2019
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  • European elections - The Italian perspective: Italian populist nationalism changes but remains in charge
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    June 11, 2019
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  • Peterborough: Labour’s squeaky victory and the vacuum on the right
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    June 7, 2019
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    June 6, 2019
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  • European elections, European values, and Brexit
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    June 5, 2019
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  • Why Trump’s Trade Policy is no Friend of Brexit
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    June 4, 2019
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  • European Elections: The Silence of the Lambs and the Dangerous Political Resignation - The Portuguese Perspective
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    June 3, 2019
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  • European Elections: A political earthquake which will not solve the Brexit saga
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    May 30, 2019
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  • European Elections - The Polish Perspective
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    May 29, 2019
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  • May Day: Brexit & the Future of Europe
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    May 27, 2019
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  • Brexiting Party Politics in Northern Ireland – Civil Society Alternatives
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  • Event Report: ‘Brexit and the European Parliament Elections 2019’
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    May 22, 2019
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  • European Parliament elections in times of (delayed) Brexit
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    May 21, 2019
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  • The Ireland-European Election Conundrum
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    May 16, 2019
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    May 15, 2019
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  • The Composition of the 2019-24 EU Parliament – Challenges in Light of Brexit
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    May 14, 2019
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  • The Good Friday Agreement and Brexit
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    May 13, 2019
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    May 8, 2019
    Carolyn Gallaher and Kimberly Cowell-Meyers
  • Belated Brexit and Groundhog Talks in Northern Ireland
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    May 7, 2019
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  • What your vote in the European elections will and won’t change on Brexit
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    May 2, 2019
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  • Brexit: the 2019 General Elections in Spain and British Gibraltar
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    May 1, 2019
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  • Years Into the Brexit Process, the UK Still Faces Fundamental Choices for its Future Relationship with the EU
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    April 30, 2019
    Pervez Ghauri and Ursula Ott
  • Would British citizens vote differently now that they know more about the EU-27’s response to Brexit?
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    April 25, 2019
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  • New Study by UNCTAD on Implications of No-Deal Brexit for Developing Countries
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    April 23, 2019
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  • 'A Beacon to the World': The Good Friday Agreement at Twenty-One
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    April 18, 2019
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  • Ad Kalendas Graecas? The Future of Brexit and Its Consequences for the EU
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    April 16, 2019
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  • Thirty-Four Months On: What Next For BREXIT?
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    April 11, 2019
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    April 8, 2019
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  • Event Report: High - Level Policy Dialogue, 4 April 2019
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    April 5, 2019
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  • Event Report: Brexit, the terms of Withdrawal and the Framework of future EU-UK Relations
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    April 4, 2019
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  • All-Island Customs Union: No Cure-All for the Irish Border Neither
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    April 2, 2019
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  • An alternative to the Irish Backstop? An “All-Ireland Common No-Custom Area” as a Frontier Traffic Area under Art. XXIV GATT for products originating in the island
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    April 1, 2019
    Paola Mariani and Giorgio Sacerdoti
  • Waiting for Brexit
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    March 29, 2019
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  • Country before Party?
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    March 28, 2019
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  • The European Council Shrewdly Grants the UK a Short, Conditional Brexit Extension
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    March 22, 2019
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  • 'May vs Erskine May' - Brexit and the Speaker of the House of Commons
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    March 22, 2019
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  • Brexit in the Spirit of the Treaties
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    March 21, 2019
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  • The EU Should Insist on a Long Extension of Article 50
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    March 20, 2019
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  • A Week is a Very Long Time in Brexitland
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    March 20, 2019
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  • Fog In Channel - The Continent is Confused
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    March 20, 2019
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  • No Extension Without Elections
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    March 19, 2019
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  • The Fate of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Extension of Article 50
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    March 19, 2019
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  • Towards a New Cliff Edge in May
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    March 18, 2019
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  • The Failure of the EU-UK Legal Guarantees to Save the Withdrawal Agreement
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    March 13, 2019
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  • The ‘European Renewal’ of French President Emmanuel Macron
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    March 6, 2019
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  • A Fiscal Capacity for the Eurozone: Constitutional Perspectives – Executive Summary
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    March 6, 2019
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  • UK and EU Intelligence Communities in an Age of Durable Disorder After Brexit
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    March 4, 2019
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  • The Effects of Brexit on the Future of European Security Order and NATO: An Assessment
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    March 1, 2019
    Cornelia-Adriana Baciu and John Doyle
  • The Show Must Go On: Understanding the Brexit Theatre
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    February 28, 2019
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  • An Overview of the No-Deal Brexit Omnibus Bill
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    February 27, 2019
    Cliodhna Joyce-Daly and Chloé Papazian (Dublin City University)
  • Brexit and the UK’s Self-Exile from Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny of Europol
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    February 25, 2019
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  • The Future of the All-island Single Electricity Market Post-Brexit
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    February 22, 2019
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  • The Affective Understanding of Post-Brexit European Integration
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    February 20, 2019
    Simona Guerra, Theofanis Exadaktylos, and Roberta Guerrina
  • Brexit and Family Business
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    February 8, 2019
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  • Event Report: Brexit and Agri-Food
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    February 4, 2019
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  • Is "Global Britain" a Viable Role for the Post-Brexit UK?
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    February 1, 2019
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  • Do “Realms of Gold” Await Global Britain in South America? Prospects for a UK-Mercosur Trade Deal
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    January 29, 2019
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  • Emerging Post-Brexit Relations of Switzerland with the EU and the UK: New Year, New Treaties?
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    January 24, 2019
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  • The Future of UK-EU Development Cooperation After Brexit: Finding a New Point of Departure
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    January 21, 2019
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  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A Norwegian Escape Route for Post-Brexit Britain?
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    January 17, 2019
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  • Brexit: What Next?
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    January 16, 2019
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  • After a No-Deal Brexit, How Would Scottish Salmon and Northern-Irish Sheep Reach the EU?
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    January 15, 2019
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  • Preparing for Doomsday: Financial Services After a No-Deal Brexit
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    January 14, 2019
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  • Article 50 After Brexit: Reforming Withdrawal and Opt-Outs from the EU
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  • Event Report: Brexit, the Backstop and the Island of Ireland
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    December 19, 2018
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  • The Irish Backstop Plan: Alternative Routes or Clearer Guarantees?
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    December 13, 2018
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  • Global Britain and India post-Brexit: From Visas to FinTech
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    December 12, 2018
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  • The ECJ Confirms that Article 50 Notification can be Unilaterally Revoked
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    December 11, 2018
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  • Defence, Security and Brexit: Ireland's Dilemma
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    December 10, 2018
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  • Can Brexit be Reversed? The Advocate General’s Opinion on the Revocability of Article 50 TEU
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    December 6, 2018
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  • The Brexit Deal and Foreign Policy
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    December 5, 2018
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  • The Brexit Deal and the UK-EU Security Relationship
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    November 29, 2018
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  • The Brexit Deal and Gibraltar
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    November 28, 2018
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  • The Art of the Deal: The European Council and Brexit
    The Art of the Deal: the European Council and Brexit Federico Fabbrini (Professor of European Law & Director of DCU Brexit Institute) On Sunday 25 November 2018 the European Council approved the Brexit deal, giving its blessing to the draft international treaty regulating the orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU...
    November 27, 2018
    Federico Fabbrini
  • The Brexit Deal and Britain's Steep Learning Curve
    The Brexit Deal and Britain’s Steep Learning Curve Stephen Wall (former Permanent Representative of the UK to the EU) I have always thought of a steep learning curve as being both arduous and fast: you need to learn a lot, and quickly. But, in the case of Brexit, both the...
    November 26, 2018
    Stephen Wall
  • The Brexit Deal: The Final Steps to Its Approval
    The Brexit Deal: The Final Steps to Its Approval Ian Cooper (DCU Brexit Institute) This morning, Donald Tusk announced that the EU and the UK have reached an agreement on a 26-page Political Declaration on the framework for a future EU-UK relationship. Together with the 585-page draft Withdrawal Agreement, this is...
    November 22, 2018
    Ian Cooper
  • Event Report: Brexit and Aviation
    Event Report: Brexit and Aviation Gabriel Grigore (Dublin City University) On 15 November 2018, the DCU Brexit Institute, in partnership with Dublin Airport Central organised a half-day conference on Brexit and Aviation, hosted at the Grant Thornton headquarters, in Dublin. After an opening message of welcome from Michael McAteer (Managing Partner,...
    November 22, 2018
    Gabriel Grigore
  • The Brexit Deal Would Resolve the Irish Border Issue – But No Deal is Still a Possibility!
    Upcoming Event, 13 December: Brexit, the Backstop and the Island of Ireland The Brexit Deal Would Resolve the Irish Border Issue – But No Deal is Still a Possibility! John Doyle (Dublin City University) Eileen Connolly (Dublin City University) The draft withdrawal agreement finalised between the European Union and the United Kingdom offers a roadmap...
    November 21, 2018
    John Doyle and Eileen Connolly
  • The Brexit Deal's Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the UK's 'Red Lines'
    Upcoming Event, 13 December: Brexit, the Backstop and the Island of Ireland   The Brexit Deal's Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the UK’s ‘Red Lines’ Chloé Papazian (DCU Brexit Institute) The road to the publication of the draft withdrawal agreement on Wednesday 14th of November was bumpy. To reach this agreement, both the UK...
    November 20, 2018
    Chloé Papazian
  • The Brexit Deal is the Best the UK Could Have Hoped For
    The Brexit Deal is the Best the UK Could Have Hoped For Angelos Chryssogelos (Harvard University) It is hard not to feel sorry for Theresa May. Her tenure as UK Prime Minister is not expected to last much longer once the House of Commons votes on the Withdrawal Agreement she negotiated...
    November 19, 2018
    Angelos Chryssogelos
  • Dispute Resolution in the Brexit Deal: Is There Salvation Outside the CJEU Church?
    Dispute Resolution in the Brexit Deal: Is There Salvation Outside the CJEU Church? Filippo Fontanelli (Edinburgh Law School) On 14 November 2018, the Commission published the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (the Draft Agreement). The Draft Agreement is a draft of an international agreement between...
    November 16, 2018
    Filippo Fontanelli
  • The Brexit Deal
    The Brexit Deal Federico Fabbrini (Director of the DCU Brexit Institute) Yesterday evening, Wednesday 14 November 2018, the United Kingdom and the European Union reached an agreement on the terms of an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU. The Brexit deal, which includes the full text of a withdrawal...
    November 15, 2018
    Federico Fabbrini
  • We Need to Talk About Brexit and Aviation
    Upcoming Event: Brexit and Aviation, November 15. Full details here. Barry McMullin (DCU School of Electronic Engineering) I recently received an invitation from the DCU Brexit Institute to its event to be held today on the subject of Brexit and Aviation. It seems like an important and timely topic, with an excellent line...
    November 15, 2018
    Barry McMullin
  • Brexit and Aviation: The Fate of the Emissions Trading Scheme
    Upcoming Event: Brexit and Aviation, November 15. Full details here. Andrew Murphy (Transport & Environment) In the jumble of issues that Brexit touches on, aviation is one that manages to regularly make headlines. From concerns about British manufacturing jobs in the sector, to allegations that Ireland is threatening access, to the risk posed to...
    November 15, 2018
    Andrew Murphy
  • Brexit and Aviation: Expect Disruptions Even if There Is a Deal
    Upcoming Event: Brexit and Aviation, November 15. Full details here. Cathal Guiomard (Dublin City University) Aviation is overwhelmingly an international business. On it depend key business and political flows - trade in goods and services, face-to-face communications based on crucial business and political travel, as well as everyday tourism and student backpackers....
    November 13, 2018
    Cathal Guiomard
  • If Money Talks, What Does it Say About Brexit?
    If Money Talks, What Does it Say About Brexit? Iain McMenamin (Dublin City University) Politics used to be easy for British business. There was really...
    November 1, 2018
    Iain McMenamin
  • Merkel's Slow Exit, Ireland and Brexit
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down from her party’s leadership: Will her country’s Brexit position soften? Aaron Burnett (Emerging Voices Group, IIEA) Less than two weeks before announcing she would not campaign again to lead Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Chancellor Merkel appeared before the Bundestag to outline the...
    October 30, 2018
    Aaron Burnett
  • A Better Measure of the Will of the People
    A Better Measure of the Will of the People Peter Emerson (de Borda Institute) In the Brexit referendum of June 2016, a majority of 51.9% of UK voters opted to leave the EU. However, this vote was in effect a vote of ‘no’ to EU membership rather than a positive ‘yes’...
    October 26, 2018
    Peter Emerson
  • Event Report: Brexit and International Development Cooperation
    Event Report: Brexit and International Development Cooperation Daniele Grippo (Dublin City University) On 11 October 2018, The DCU Brexit Institute, in partnership with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) organized an event on Brexit and International Development Cooperation, hosted at the European Parliament Information Office, in Dublin. This event featured...
    October 22, 2018
    Daniele Grippo
  • Brexit and the Great Disruption in UK-Irish Relations
    Brexit and the Great Disruption in UK-Irish Relations John O’Brennan (Maynooth University) What we have seen play out in recent weeks in Brussels, Dublin and London is a remarkable ‘reverse asymmetry’ in UK-Irish relations: the historical dynamic of British power over Ireland yielded to the inside-outside asymmetrical logic of the Article...
    October 19, 2018
    John O’Brennan
  • Will a Hard Brexit Lead to a Hard Border? WTO Law and the Backstop
    Will a Hard Brexit Lead to a Hard Border? WTO Law and the Backstop Chloé Papazian (Dublin City University) On 7 December 2017, the EU and the UK Government concluded in a Joint Report that they should agree on a so-called ‘backstop’ solution for the Irish border to prevent a border between...
    October 16, 2018
    Chloé Papazian
  • What are the Likely Implications of Brexit for Africa?
    What are the Likely Implications of Brexit for Africa? Niamh Gaynor (Dublin City University) During a week-long trip to several African countries last month, Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to deliver “a radical expansion of the U.K.’s presence in Africa” post-Brexit. This follows a long and, in many ways, successful relationship...
    October 11, 2018
    Niamh Gaynor
  • After a No-Deal Brexit, Would the UK Remain in the EEA by Default?
    After a No-Deal Brexit, Would the UK Remain in the EEA by Default? Yuliya Kaspiarovich (University of Geneva) and Nicolas Levrat (University of Geneva) Brexit is a journey on uncharted waters. Diplomats, political scientists, economists and legal scholars have neither precedent nor theoretical framework to appraise and analyse the situation. If art. 50 TEU...
    October 8, 2018
    Yuliya Kaspiarovich and Nicolas Levrat
  • Perceptions of Brexit in Canada: Transatlantic Relations and Domestic Politics
    Perceptions of Brexit in Canada: Transatlantic Relations and Domestic Politics Achim Hurrelmann (Carleton University) While there has not been a broad debate about Brexit in the Canadian public sphere, the prospect of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has generated considerable attention among Canadians. As a former part of the British...
    October 2, 2018
    Achim Hurrelmann
  • Politics, Not Interests, Will Shape the UK-EU Security Relationship
    Politics, Not Interests, Will Shape the UK-EU Security Relationship Benjamin Martill (London School of Economics) Monika Sus (Hertie School of Governance)   The Easy Question? It was once thought that managing the security and defence aspects of Brexit would be easy. The intergovernmental nature of EU security and defence policy has always meant that...
    September 26, 2018
    Benjamin Martill and Monika Sus
  • Some Reflections on the Current UK and EU Positions on Brexit
    Some Reflections on the Current UK and EU Positions on Brexit Chloé Papazian (DCU Brexit Institute) On 20 September 2018, Mr David Lidington, the UK Minister for the Cabinet Office, who is the de facto No 2 in the UK Government’s “chain of command” after Prime Minister Theresa May, visited the DCU...
    September 24, 2018
    Chloé Papazian
  • Scrutinizing Brexit in Europe's Parliaments
    Scrutinizing Brexit in Europe’s Parliaments Katharina Meissner (Institute for European Integration Research, Vienna) In a recent blog post, Ian Cooper discussed the consequences of Brexit on inter-parliamentary relations in the EU. Yet, we know little about the involvement of national parliaments in the actual Brexit talks. In fact, the intensity...
    September 18, 2018
    Katharina Meissner
  • Event Report: Brexit by Design or by Default?
    Event Report: Brexit: By Design or By Default? Assessing the State of the Withdrawal Process Chloé Papazian (DCU Brexit Institute) On 6 September 2018, the Brexit Institute organized the kick-off event of the academic year assessing the state of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The event featured an...
    September 13, 2018
    Chloé Papazian
  • History and Brexit
    What does the Eden Plan tell about Brexit? Andreja Pegan (DCU Brexit Institute, Dublin) While negotiations between the UK and the European Union (EU) on the withdrawal, transition and future relations are nearing a close, it is time to think about how the UK will behave towards the EU after Brexit. Given...
    September 11, 2018
    Andreja Pegan
  • The German Bundestag and Brexit
    The German Bundestag and Brexit: Defending Stability or Calling for Change? Frank Wendler (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main) The political debate on Brexit in Germany highlights two major questions: First, how to define the EU’s stance on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal and its future relationship with Europe; and second, how...
    September 5, 2018
    Frank Wendler
  • The Oireachtas and Brexit
    The Oireachtas and Brexit Gavin Barrett (University College Dublin) The Irish parliament has not traditionally been numbered among the stronger parliaments in Europe in exacting accountability in relation to European affairs, either in terms of its institutional strength or its activity level. However, it has over time undergone periodic reform, in...
    September 3, 2018
    Gavin Barrett
  • The Military Dimension of Brexit: A No-Deal on Defence?
    The Military Dimension of Brexit: A No-Deal on Defence? Lee D. Turpin (Lancaster University) Whilst much discussion of Brexit negotiations has focused on the economic interests at stake for both sides, future UK-EU relations on military matters remain perhaps too often overlooked. As this blog post makes clear, it is important not...
    August 29, 2018
    Lee D. Turpin
  • The Parliamentary Dimension of Brexit
    The Parliamentary Dimension of Brexit Ian Cooper (Dublin City University) The next event at the DCU Brexit Institute will feature numerous parliamentarians from across the EU. This is an opportune moment to consider the parliamentary dimension of Brexit. Brexit has been largely an executive-driven process, in essence a prolonged negotiation between the...
    August 24, 2018
    Ian Cooper
  • Five Reasons the May-Macron Meeting Won’t Change the French Position on Brexit
    Five Reasons the May-Macron Meeting Won’t Change the French Position on Brexit Benjamin Leruth (University of Canberra) Last Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Theresa May at his summer residence in Bormes-Les-Mimosas. These talks were informal (Michel Barnier is and remains Chief Negotiator for the European Union), though it suggests a...
    August 9, 2018
    Benjamin Leruth
  • Mark Carney on No-Deal Brexit
    Mark Carney on No-Deal Brexit: This is Modern Central Banking, but Please Handle with Care   Donato Masciandaro (Department of Economics, Bocconi University and SUERF) On Friday the Governor of the Bank of England (BoE) Mark Carney said that there was as “uncomfortably high” risk of the UK leaving the European Union without...
    August 7, 2018
    Donato Masciandaro
  • Brexit and the Law: A Bird’s Eye Perspective
    Brexit and the Law: A Bird’s Eye Perspective Stephen Coutts (Dublin City University)   Introduction Brexit has become a veritable industry and legal writing is no small part of this massive and recent production. On the legal side there has been detailed and systematic analysis of the actual process of Brexit, the operation of Article...
    August 2, 2018
    Stephen Coutts
  • Second Thoughts on a Second Brexit Referendum
    Second Thoughts on a Second Brexit Referendum Richard Bellamy (University College London/ European University Institute) Theresa May has announced there will be no second Brexit referendum under any circumstances, prompting the wits of social media to recall her similar assurances regarding a snap election and declare that naturally there will now...
    July 27, 2018
    Richard Bellamy
  • Preparedness and Contingency: The Commission Starts to Plan for a No-Deal Brexit
    Preparedness and Contingency: The Commission Starts to Plan for a No-Deal Brexit Salvador Llaudes (Elcano Royal Institute) Chequers was supposed to be a turning point in the Brexit negotiations. It has indeed been so, although not in a completely successful way for the British Government. Since then, the political situation in...
    July 25, 2018
    Salvador Llaudes
  • The White Paper’s Answer to the ‘Brexit Trilemma’ (Part II)
    The White Paper’s Answer to the ‘Brexit Trilemma’ (Part II) Chloé Papazian (European University Institute/ Dublin City University) The previous blog on this issue argued that the UK Government’s White Paper published on 12 July 2018 reflects a fundamental trilemma that the UK faces with respect to its future relationship with the...
    July 23, 2018
    Chloé Papazian
  • The White Paper's Answer to the 'Brexit Trilemma' (Part I)
    The White Paper’s Answer to the ‘Brexit Trilemma’ (Part I) Chloé Papazian (European University Institute/ Dublin City University)   On 12 July 2018, the UK Government issued its long-awaited White Paper setting out its proposals for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The Government dedicates a large...
    July 19, 2018
    Chloé Papazian
  • The UK’s White Paper is a Serious Offer: Ireland and the EU Should Give a Flexible Response
    The UK’s White Paper is a Serious Offer: Ireland and the EU Should Give a Flexible Response Stephen Wall During the 2016 referendum campaign, the Irish Government vigorously warned of the damage a ‘leave’ vote would do both to its own national interests and to those of the island of Ireland as...
    July 16, 2018
    Stephen Wall
  • The Seven Circles of Brexit
    The Seven Circles of Brexit Ian Cooper (DCU Brexit Institute) Last Friday, it seemed as though Theresa May had secured her full cabinet’s agreement on a common negotiating position that would set the UK on a glidepath towards a soft Brexit. Days later this “Chequers agreement” was thrown into doubt by...
    July 13, 2018
    Ian Cooper
  • The "Known Unknowns" of Brexit
    The “Known Unknowns” of Brexit A Flowchart Chronicle of a Mess Foretold Glyn Morgan (Collegio Carlo Alberto, Torino, and Maxwell School, Syracuse University) Teaching a class last year on Brexit to American students, I discovered that—like impatient readers of a “Whodunnit”—they wanted to know how it would all turn out. “Too early...
    July 4, 2018
    Glyn Morgan
  • Brexit, Ireland and the June European Council
    Brexit, Ireland and the June European Council Federico Fabbrini Today and tomorrow, 28 and 29 June 2018, the European Council – the body grouping the heads of state and government of the EU member states, together with the President of the European Commission – was due to have a major meeting...
    June 28, 2018
    Federico Fabbrini
  • Event Report: Brexit, Customs and Trade
    Event Report: Brexit, Customs and Trade Cornelia-Adriana Baciu On 14 June 2018, the DCU Brexit Institute organized an event on “Brexit, Customs and Trade”. This event featured an opening keynote speech by Michael Russell, Scottish Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, followed by an expert panel discussion and...
    June 22, 2018
    Cornelia-Adriana Baciu
  • Brexit, Customs and Trade
    Brexit, Customs and Trade Edgar L. W. Morgenroth (Dublin City University) Edgar Morgenroth is Professor of Economics at the DCU Business School. He will be speaking in Dublin on 14 June at a public event on “Brexit, Customs and Trade” organized by the DCU Brexit Institute. The event will also feature...
    June 13, 2018
    Edgar Morgenroth
  • SLOVENEXIT? Brexit and the Slovenian Elections
    SLOVENEXIT? Brexit and the Slovenian Elections Andreja Pegan (DCU Brexit Institute) What elements of “Brexit” can we find in the latest elections in Europe held in Slovenia on 3 June 2018? Two issues that came to the fore in Slovenia were migration and healthcare. As was the case for UK voters in...
    June 11, 2018
    Andreja Pegan
  • Norway's EU Lessons -- How Transferable Are They to the UK?
    Norway’s EU lessons – How Transferable Are They to the UK? John Erik Fossum (ARENA, University of Oslo) Hans Petter Graver (Department of Private Law, University of Oslo) The purpose of this short blog entry is to consider the transferability to the UK of some of the lessons from Norway’s EU...
    June 5, 2018
    John Erik Fossum, Hans Petter Graver
  • A Critical Perspective on "Associate EU Citizenship"
    A Critical Perspective on “Associate EU Citizenship”   Martijn van den Brink (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen) Dimitry Kochenov (Faculty of Law, University of Groningen)   Brexit will almost inevitably result in a significant loss of rights, in particular for UK citizens. They will lose their EU citizenship and the EU citizenship acquis will not...
    May 28, 2018
    Martijn van den Brink, Dimitry Kochenov
  • The Implication of a Hard Brexit for the Island of Ireland: Challenges and Possible Solutions
    The Implication of a Hard Brexit for the Island of Ireland: Challenges and Possible Solutions Federico Fabbrini (Dublin City University) Brexit poses major challenges for the relations between the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland. In fact, if the UK were to leave the European Union (EU) without a withdrawal agreement, a transition...
    May 22, 2018
    Federico Fabbrini
  • The Institutional Consequences of a Hard Brexit - Key Findings
    The Institutional Consequences of a Hard Brexit - Key Findings by Federico Fabbrini (Dublin City University) The European Parliament's Committee for Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) recently asked Prof. Federico Fabbrini, Director of the DCU Brexit Institute, to write an in-depth report on the Institutional Consequences of a Hard Brexit. The report has...
    May 17, 2018
    Federico Fabbrini
  • UK-EU Intelligence Information Sharing after Brexit
    UK-EU Intelligence Information Sharing after Brexit Chiara Graziani (University of Genoa) Intelligence information sharing is a crucial issue in the Brexit negotiations. The most recent stance of the UK government on EU-UK security cooperation, of which intelligence information sharing is part, was expressed in the government “Future Partnership Paper”, published in September...
    May 15, 2018
    Chiara Graziani
  • Labour Standards and the Future EU-UK Trade Agreement
    Labour Standards and the Future EU-UK Trade Agreement Mark Bell (Trinity College Dublin) There was relatively little attention paid to labour standards in the Brexit negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement. Of course, the free movement of workers and the rights of EU citizens has been a core issue in these discussions,...
    May 10, 2018
    Mark Bell
  • Event Report On "Brexit, Medicine and Public Health"
    Event Report on “Brexit, Medicine and Public Health” By Ross Nugent (Dublin City University) On 3 May 2018, the DCU Brexit Institute organized an event on “Brexit, Medicine and Public Health”. This event featured an opening debate between Baroness Suttie (Member of the UK House of Lords, European Union Committee) and Paulo Rangel (Member of the EU...
    May 9, 2018
    Ross Nugent
  • Brexit and the Irish Health System
    Upcoming Event: Brexit, Medicine and Public Health, 3 May 2018 Brexit and the Irish Health System Anthony Staines (Dublin City University) Our nearest and dearest neighbours are engaged in leaving the European Union.  For Ireland, the experience may be less like your neighbours moving, than them moving, taking their house, garden, the...
    May 2, 2018
    Anthony Staines
  • Can UK and EU Environmental Law Stay Aligned After Brexit?
    Can UK and EU Environmental Law Stay Aligned After Brexit? by Roderic O'Gorman (Dublin City University) One of the most significant achievements of the European Union is the range of integrated environmental protection regimes it has developed, in diverse areas including biodiversity, climate change, water quality and air pollution. Britain’s exit...
    April 24, 2018
    Roderic O'Gorman
  • Brexit and the Future of Transatlantic Relations
    Brexit and the Future of Transatlantic Relations   by Joris Larik (Leiden University) Whatever the EU and UK end up deciding in their withdrawal agreement, transitional arrangement or future free trade agreement will be between them. To the rest of the world, it will be what lawyers call res inter alios acta—a...
    April 19, 2018
    Joris Larik
  • Event Report on "Brexit and Financial Services"
    Event Report on "Brexit and Financial Services" 12 April 2018 By Sose Mayilyan and Annelieke Mooij, PhD Students, Dublin City University On 12 April 2018 the DCU Brexit Institute organized an event on Brexit and Financial Services, that featured an opening keynote address by Joaquin Almunia, former European Commissioner, an expert panel discussion, and a closing keynote...
    April 18, 2018
    Sose Mayilyan, Annelieke Mooij
  • Brexit, Open Banking and the FinTech Revolution
    Upcoming Event: Brexit and Financial Services, 12 April 2018. Brexit, Open Banking and the FinTech Revolution Mark Cummins (DCU Business School) Before the UK referendum vote on the 23rd June 2016 and the subsequent uncertainty that has prevailed over Brexit, the European Union had already set in train what is to be a...
    April 11, 2018
    Mark Cummins
  • Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement IV
    Today (April 10) is the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. To mark the occasion, the DCU Brexit Institute blog is publishing pieces by several authors on Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement. This is the fourth and final one. See also: Ben Warwick, Rights in Northern Ireland after Brexit: The Devil is in the Detail; Colin Murray, Policing and Security...
    April 10, 2018
    Mary C. Murphy
  • Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement III
    April 10 is the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. To mark the occasion, the DCU Brexit Institute blog is publishing pieces by several authors on Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement. This is the third. See also: Ben Warwick, Rights in Northern Ireland after Brexit: The Devil is in the Detail; Colin Murray, Policing and Security on the Island of...
    April 9, 2018
    David Phinnemore
  • Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement II
    April 10 is the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. To mark the occasion, the DCU Brexit Institute blog is publishing pieces by several authors on Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement. This is the second. See also: Ben Warwick, Rights in Northern Ireland after Brexit: The Devil is in the Detail; David Phinnemore, Protecting the Good Friday Agreement from...
    April 6, 2018
    Colin Murray
  • Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement I
    April 10 is the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. To mark the occasion, the DCU Brexit Institute blog is publishing pieces by several authors on Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement. This is the first. See also: Colin Murray, Policing and Security on the Island of Ireland Post-Brexit; David Phinnemore, Protecting...
    April 5, 2018
    Ben Warwick
  • Brexit, the OECD and Financial Markets
    Upcoming Event: Brexit and Financial Services, 12 April 2018. Ticking Clocks and Financial Markets: Brexit and the OECD’s 2017 Economic Forecast Michael Breen (Dublin City University) Elliott Doak (Kroll Rating Agency) The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier warns that the clock is ticking. Soon we will learn more about the UK’s future relationship...
    April 4, 2018
    Michael Breen & Elliott Doak
  • On Brexit, the EU’s Demand for a Short Transition is Short-Sighted
    On Brexit, the EU’s Demand for a Short Transition is Short-Sighted by Ian Cooper* (DCU Brexit Institute) Tomorrow marks the exact halfway point in the two-year period between the UK’s triggering of Article 50 and “Brexit day” – 29 March 2019. Time is running short, which raises the question: Is the...
    March 28, 2018
    Ian Cooper
  • Transport and Trade Implications of Brexit
    Transport and Trade Implications of Brexit by Edgar Morgenroth (Dublin City University) While it is generally accepted that Brexit will have a significant impact on UK-EU trade, the precise ways in which trade flows might be impeded is not often discussed. One important area where Brexit is likely to affect goods...
    March 22, 2018
    Edgar Morgenroth
  • The European Council Confronts the Post-Brexit Future
    The European Council Confronts the Post-Brexit Future by Andrew Duff The European Council (22-23 March) has to assess the strategic impact of Brexit on the future of Europe. Although the heads of government have followed the Brexit saga with regret turning to alarm, it is the Commission’s Task Force 50 under...
    March 19, 2018
    Andrew Duff
  • The European Parliament and Brexit (Part II)
    The European Parliament and Brexit (Part II) by Francis Jacobs (formerly European Parliament staff) Brexit has important potential implications for the European Parliament, reducing its size, altering the composition of its political groups and its overall political balance, and posing questions about the ongoing role of both British MEPs and British staff...
    March 15, 2018
    Francis Jacobs
  • The European Parliament and Brexit (Part I)
    The European Parliament and Brexit (Part I) by Francis Jacobs (formerly European Parliament staff) Brexit has important potential implications for the European Parliament, reducing its size, altering the composition of its political groups and its overall political balance, and posing questions about the ongoing role of both British MEPs and British staff...
    March 12, 2018
    Francis Jacobs
  • The Italian Five Star Movement and Brexit Britain: From Love to Friendship
    On February 15, 2018, the DCU Brexit Institute held an event on “Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy” organised in partnership with the Irish Environmental Protection Agency and the Political Studies Association of Ireland. The event was hosted by Arthur Cox. Opening Keynote Speech by Enrico Letta (former Italian Prime Minister...
    March 8, 2018
    Edoardo Bressanelli
  • Event “Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy”
    On February 15, 2018, the DCU Brexit Institute held an event on “Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy” organised in partnership with the Irish Environmental Protection Agency and the Political Studies Association of Ireland. The event was hosted by Arthur Cox. Opening Keynote Speech by Enrico Letta (former Italian Prime Minister...
    February 23, 2018
    Sose Mayilyan*, Annelieke Mooij*
  • What will Brexit mean for climate change?
    Opinion: Brexit is causing deep uncertainty across a range of policy spheres so what will it mean for Europe’s efforts to combat climate change? The scale of the decarbonisation challenge facing the world is nothing short of daunting. According to the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report 2017, climate change policy pledges...
    February 14, 2018
    Diarmuid Torney*
  • Which Data Flow after Brexit? Preliminary insights on the UK Data Protection Bill
    The EU is widely recognized as having one of the strongest data protection regimes in the world. The right of protection of personal data is codified in Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.  However, as with so much else, this regime has been cast...
    February 9, 2018
    Monica Cappelletti*
  • Inaugural Event "Brexit, Ireland and the Future of Europe"
    On January 25, 2018, the DCU Brexit Institute held its Inaugural event on “Brexit, Ireland and the Future of Europe”, organised in partnership with European Movement Ireland and Dublin City University. The event was opened by a Keynote Address by his Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, followed...
    February 1, 2018
    Sose Mayilyan, Annelieke Mooij 
  • Brexit and the British-Irish Relationship
    The British-Irish relationship has been typified by close cooperation since the 1980s, culminating in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. However, Brexit has created challenges and at times the rhetoric between the British and Irish governments has been heated. It was in response to the perceived need to avoid megaphone...
    January 24, 2018
    Etain Tannam*
  • The EU (Withdrawal) Bill and Human Rights in the UK: The State of The Art
    On the political front, Brexit negotiations are proceeding; at the same time, from a strictly legal perspective, the tool with which Brexit will be managed at domestic level, i.e. the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUWB), is making progress in Parliament. On December 20, 2017, it was considered and amended...
    January 11, 2018
    Chiara Graziani*
  • Public Procurement and Brexit: The Risk to Ireland
    Public procurement refers to the purchase of goods, works and services by the public sector (and organizations funded in the main through public monies). In Ireland, as undoubtedly in many other countries, interest in public procurement appears to be inversely related to the fortunes of the economy. In times of...
    December 22, 2017
    Paul Davis*
  • Workshop on Moving on? from Divorce to Future EU - UK Relations
    On 7 December 2017 the DCU Brexit Institute organised, in partnership with Ibec, a workshop on “Moving on? From the Divorce to Future EU – UK Relations”. This was a general survey of the first phase of the Brexit talks, concluding a series of workshops addressing the three key...
    December 14, 2017
    Sose Mayilyan*, Annelieke Mooij*
  • Sufficient Progress? Ireland’s Brexit Conundrum
    Next week, on 14-15 December 2017 the European Council is set to decide whether sufficient progress has been made in the negotiations on the UK withdrawal from the EU to begin a discussion on the terms of the future relations between the UK and the EU. As is well...
    December 6, 2017
    Federico Fabbrini*
  • Workshop on Brexit, the Financial Settlement and the Future of EU Finances
    On November 23, the DCU Brexit Institute organized a workshop on the subject, “Brexit, the Financial Settlement and the Future of EU Finances.” This was the third in a series of workshops addressing the three key issues of the first stage of the Brexit talks.  The previous two workshops were...
    November 30, 2017
    Ian Cooper*
  • The Brexit ‘Divorce Bill’ and the Future of EU Finances: the financial background
    The question of the financial settlement is looming large over the Brexit negotiations. At its December summit, the European Council must decide whether ‘sufficient progress’ has been made on this question (along with citizens’ rights and the Irish border) in order to proceed to the next stage of the...
    November 20, 2017
    Anthony Foley*
  • Brexit and the Harmonisation of Corporate Tax
    On the 4th October 2017, the European Commission referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failing to collect tax debts from Apple, following a Commission decision deeming the tax reliefs provided amounted to a breach of EU Competition Law. Ireland allowed Apple to pay between 0.05%...
    November 16, 2017
    John Quinn*
  • Brexit and Consumer Protection
    It is difficult to speculate as to the future of the consumer protection acquis in a post-Brexit settlement, at a time in which the EU-UK negotiating teams seem locked in stalemate as to the three core Withdrawal Agreement issues, which require ‘sufficient progress’ so that the next round of...
    November 9, 2017
    Rónán Condon*
  • Workshop on Brexit, the Border and the Internal Market
    The DCU Brexit Institute hosted an event on “Brexit, the Border and the Internal Market” on 26 October 2017, supported by the European Commission Representation in Ireland. The event addressed the issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is arguably the most sensitive of the three items...
    November 2, 2017
    Sose Mayilyan*, Annelieke Mooij*
  • Two of a kind? Similarities and differences between Brexit and secession processes
    TThe processes initiated by the UK government to withdraw from the EU and the search for separation from their original states of Catalan and, to a certain extent, Scottish secessionists, possess several similarities. Firstly, both show a similar degree of dissatisfaction with accommodation within multilevel polities or multilevel governance. In...
    October 30, 2017
    Carlos Closa*
  • Brexit and the Irish Border
    The question of the location of the de facto border between Ireland and the UK post Brexit has major significance for the future of peace and economic stability on the island of Ireland. The issue of the border has not yet been resolved, nor is there any indication that there...
    October 25, 2017
    John Doyle* and Eileen Connolly*
  • Brexit and the Future of Europe
    In 2016, some would claim that the European Union was doomed. The UK vote for Brexit was seen as the trigger for others to follow, in particular those where national elections were due to be held and where anti-EU populists were perceived to be gaining ground. Reality proved them wrong.
    October 19, 2017
    Ana Fontoura Gouveia*
  • Workshop on Brexit, Citizens Rights and their Protection
    The DCU Brexit Institute hosted an event on “Brexit, Citizens Rights and their Protection” on 5 October 2017, which was organised jointly with the European Parliament Representation in Dublin. The event addressed one of the three main issues which are currently being negotiated between the United Kingdom and the...
    October 12, 2017
    Sose Mayilyan*
  • Everything you wanted to know about Brexit and citizenship…but were afraid to ask
    Exactly one year ago, Prime Minister Theresa May expatiated on the subject of citizens’ rights in the post-Brexit EU and UK, memorably telling the Conservative Party Annual Conference that “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what...
    October 5, 2017
    Ciarán Burke*
  • What are the Best Brexit Podcasts? A Listener’s Guide
    If you want to keep up with Brexit news, but find you have limited reading time, try listening to podcasts. There are already a number of podcasts exclusively devoted to Brexit. The oldest (A Diet of Brussels, with 200+ episodes) has been around since May 8, 2015,...
    September 29, 2017
    Ian Cooper*
  • Opening event – Which Brexit after the UK elections?
    The DCU Brexit Institute celebrated its official opening on September 14. The Opening Event of this new DCU Brexit Institute, the first of its kind in Europe, addressed the question, “Which Brexit after the UK elections?”
    September 20, 2017
    Sose Mayilyan*, Annelieke Mooij*
  • Citizens’ Rights After Brexit: The uncertain future status of EU citizens in the UK – and vice versa
    At the conclusion of the third round of Brexit negotiations on Thursday, 31st August 2017, there was a palpable sense of frustration evident between both sides during the joint press conference, with little indication that any substantive progress has been made in respect of citizens’ rights once the United...
    September 13, 2017
    Brenda Daly*
  • Brexit, Citizenship and the Court of Justice: Explaining the EU’s position
    On 20 July 2017 it became clear that the European Commission and in particular its chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is becoming frustrated with the United Kingdom and its lack of preparation. In order to make progress, both sides need to know the positions and proposals of the other. The...
    July 22, 2017
    Stephen Coutts*
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