Brexit and the island of Ireland

The UK in a Changing Europe will host a conference on Brexit and the island of Ireland. The event brings together leading experts and key figures from British, Northern Irish and Irish politics to explore the impact of Brexit on the politics and economy of the island of Ireland.

Speakers and panels include:

Keynote speech from the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP.

The Good Friday Agreement - 20 years on

  • Jonathan Powell, Downing Street Chief of Staff 1997-2007
  • Lord John Alderdice, Speaker of Northern Ireland Assembly 1998-2004 
  • Colin Harvey, Queen's University Belfast
  • Etain Tannam, Trinity College Dublin

Ireland post-Brexit:

  • Brigid Laffan, European University Institute 
  • Federico Fabbrini, Dublin City University Brexit Unit
  • Catherine Moroney, AIB
  • Chair: Peter Foster, Telegraph

The all-Ireland economy and the border question

  • John Bruton, Taoiseach 1994-1997
  • Dr Katy Hayward, Queen's University Belfast
  • Martina Lawless, Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Dr Graham Gudgin, Policy Exchange
  • Chair: Tony Connelly, RTÉ 

The politics of Brexit in Northern Ireland:

  • Lord Paul Bew, cross-bench peer
  • Claire Hanna MEP, Social Democratic and Labour Party
  • John Garry, Queen's University Belfast
  • Chair: Mark Devenport, BBC  

Other speakers to be announced.

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