The EU and the UK: Ask the Experts evening

Project activities

19 January 2016 - Conference 'British media, EU Membership and Referendum',  The Shard, London.

This event will be looking at the complex relationship between British media and different strands of Euroscepticism, and the potential impact of social media and new technologies on political engagement in general. By providing unbiased and clear reports about the impact of the media on public opinion, we seek to contribute to a more comprehensive and transparent debate about the relationship between the UK in the EU. See programme and more details. 

14 December 2016 - Conference 'Brexit Divisions III: Business and Trade after Brexit', UCL, London

The UCL European Institute hosted an afternoon of debate and discussion on the place of business and commercial interests in the negotiations to determine Britain’s future relationship with Europe and the nature of Britain’s trade and economic relations with the continent after Brexit. Alison Harcourt presented at the event which placed experts from the academic, policymaking and business communities in conversation with one another and with the audience. See video clips here.

2 December 2016 - Conference 'The relationship of the EU and UK in the Future of Data Protection and Privacy Policy', Portcullis House, London 

This is the second of two conferences covering the Digital Single Market. One-fourth of the European Commission’s 2015 Communication ‘Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business’ dealt with digital single market (DSM) initiatives. The DSM roadmap includes 19 different actions including new EU Regulations and Directives and a review of the Telecomms package (the 2016 ‘Connectivity package’) This conference addresses GDPR implementation, revision of the e-privacy Directive and issues of cross-border data handling.  

See programme and more details. To find out more about the conference email the project team.

See clips from the event and interviews with the speakers here.

11 November 2016 - Conference: 'The relationship of the EU and the UK in the future of the Digital Single Market', House of Commons (London)

This was the first of two conferences covering the Digital Single Market. One-fourth of the European Commission’s 2015 Communication ‘Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business’ dealt with digital single market (DSM) initiatives. The DSM roadmap includes 19 different actions including new EU Regulations and Directives and a review of the Telecomms package (the 2016 ‘Connectivity package’) This conference addresses cross-border broadcasting, online services, copyright law and content provision. 

See programme and more details. To request information about the conference email the project team.

See clips from the event and interviews with the speakers here.

29 September 2015- Course: 'Analysing the possible impact of Brexit on Government Policies and Processes', Centre for Parliamentary Studies (London)

Alison Harcourt was invited to speak about the single market and Brexit at a learning event organised by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies. The full programme and speakers including other senior fellows from the UK in a Changing Europe initiative can be viewed here.

 

21 June 2016- Stakeholder Workshop, Friends House (London)

This symposium focused on data protection, in collaboration with the Information Law & Policy Centre. It had two inter-related objectives: to communicate the policy briefing on EU data protection legislation to various stakeholders in the field; and to create a forum for scenario building exercises to gauge how stakeholders will react to policy-making alternatives. Damian Chalmers from the LSE gave an introductory talk about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU and what triggering Article 50 would entail, and then John Howell ran a SWOT analysis using a range of key market variables. A summary of the workshop's findings can be found summary of the workshop findings and Alison Harcourt and Lilian Edward's briefing paper on Brexit and cross-border data handling is cross-border data handling

 

24 May 2016- Conference: 'The EU and the UK: the wrong kind of regulation?', British Academy (London)

In the debate about Britain's European future, considerable attention has been focused on the costs and benefits of membership for the UK’s economy. A central issue is the impact of EU regulation in the single market and beyond. This day-long conference brought together distinguished figures from business, campaign groups and academia to address this key question. A report from the event can be found on the UEA website here and a full set of recorded videos including the panels and keynote speeches can be found on the UK in a Changing Europe Youtube channel.

 

13 May 2016- Stakeholder Workshop, Friends House (London)

The symposium was organised on the theme of cross-border broadcasting in collaboration with Judith Townend from the Information Law & Policy Centre, based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London. The event focused on scenario building exercises, with John Howell leading SWOT analyses of the key factors affecting the cross-border broadcasting sector. Catherine Barnard (Professor of European Union Law at the University of Cambridge) also gave a presentation to stakeholders about the implications of invoking Article 50 in the scenario of the UK voting to leave the EU. The symposium engaged stakeholders in policy modelling, to collect stakeholders' points of view on policies and feedback on results. A summary of the workshop findings can be found Workshop Findings and links to Alison Harcourt's policy briefings: Cross border television, the UK's role in EU policy-making, and How Brexit might affect EU AVMS policy-making .

 

25 April 2016- 'Ask the Experts' Evening, the Forum (University of Exeter)

We held a lively and informative 'Ask the Experts' evening at the University of Exeter's Forum which was attended by over 450 members of the public in Exeter, Penryn and online, facilitated by the streaming service Periscope. The town hall event offered the chance to discuss the EU Referendum and provided the people of Exeter, Devon and the surrounding area the opportunity to put their questions to leading specialists.

Members of the panel included:

  • Alison Harcourt (Professor of Politics at the University of Exeter),
  • James Devenney (Professor of Commercial Law and Head of the Law School at the University of Exeter),
  • Susan Banducci (Professor of Politics and Director of the Q-Step Centre at the University of Exeter),
  • Claudio Radelli (Professor of Politics and Director of the European Centre for Governance at the University of Exeter),
  • Sam Robbins, (Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter),
  • Catherine Barnard (Professor of European Law at the Cambridge University),
  • Iain Begg (Research Fellow of the European Institution at the LSE).

The event was live tweeted using the hashtag #EUAsk and the Q&A session was recorded in full and is available to rewatch on Youtube here.

 

For more information about any of the project events or to find out how you can participate in upcoming events please email us.