The economic implications of Brexit on European Regions #BrexitEURegions

22 Feb 2019, Brussels

This workshop aims to bring together political and business leaders, together with academics and civil society organisations to discuss the likely impact of Brexit on European regions.

City-REDI, supported by ESRC and The UK in a Changing EU, are hosting this Brexit Workshop at the European Committee of the Regions.

During the workshop will include addressing the findings from City-REDI's ESRC-funded Brexit project on the likely impacts of Brexit on the Europe's sectors, regions, and cities. Their analysis draws upon the most detailed regional-national-international trade and competition datasets currently available anywhere in the world, allowing for examination of the impacts of different post-Brexit trade scenarios on European regions. The results identify a very noticeable patterns to the levels of exposure across Europe with north-western European regions typically being the most exposed to Brexit, while regions in southern and eastern Europe are barely affected at all by Brexit, at least in terms of the trade linkages.

The workshop will also provide a platform for city, regional and national stakeholders to share their own regional-specific research findings and collaborate with the organisers on developing alternative post-Brexit scenarios, considering both what city-regional authorities want and also what policy responses are likely to be most effective.


Provisional Agenda is as follows:

9:00 am - Arrivals, registration and coffee

9:30 am - Welcome address

  • Cllr Michael Murphy, Head of the Irish Delegation to the EU Committee of the Regions.
  • Professor Raquel Ortega Argiles, City-REDI - University of Birmingham
  • (TBC)

9:30-11:00 am - Session 1: Regional Analysis

  • Professor Philip McCann, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Edgar Morgenroth, Dublin City University
  • Martina Lawless, ESRI
  • Chair: Frank van Oort


11:00-11:30 am -  Refreshments Break

11:30 am -13:00 pm - Session 2: Competitiveness challenges

  • Professor Frank van Oort, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
  • Dr. Mark Thissen, Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Professor Maria C. Latorre, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Harvard Business School
  • Chair: Bart Los

13:00-14:00 pm - Lunch Break

14:00-15:30 pm - Session 3: Sectoral analysis

  • Professor Bart Los, University of Groningen
  • Dr. Sebastian Benz, OECD
  • (TBC)
  • Chair: Raquel Ortega-Argiles

15:30-16:45 pm - Session 4: Brexit governance challenges

  • Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles, University of Birmingham
  • Larissa Brunner, European Policy Centre
  • Professor Simon Collinson, University of Birmingham
  • Sir Albert Bore, Birmingham City Council
  • Chair: Philip McCann


16:45- 17:00 pm - Closure speech

European Committee of the Regions
101 rue Belliard/Belliardstraat
B 1040 Brussels