Conference: “Brexit: Charting a Way Forward – A Civil Society Dialogue”

June 12, 2017

Programme available here

The EU draft guidelines on the forthcoming EU-UK negotiations make it clear that the EU is open to finding ‘flexible and imaginative solutions’ which reflect the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland.

The potential threat that Brexit represents to rights and equalities, the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, the border and the economy in Northern Ireland have been well documented. In trade, education, work, travel and beyond the impacts are becoming clear. It is also clear that threats to rights and equalities do not sit in isolation but also represent distinct threats to business, trade and cross border movement and vice versa.

The Human Rights Consortium, in partnership with NICVA and with sponsorship from Unison, is hosting a one day conference to bring various civil society sectors concerned about Brexit together to chart the overlap and intersectionality of those threats and collectively discuss workable solutions that will protect all the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland.

Join us on 15 June to be part of our conversation, across industries and sectors, about how to get an imaginative and flexible deal for NI.  #ChartingBrexit

Speakers to include:

Colette FitzGerald, European Commission in Northern Ireland

Angela McGowan, CBI

Declan Billington, NI Food and Drink Association

Louise Coyle, NI Rural Women’s Network

Owen Reidy, ICTU

Prof David Phinnemore, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, QUB

Ruth Taillon, Centre for Cross Border Studies

Prof Dagmar Schiek, School of Law, QUB

Rapporteur – Prof Deirdre Heenan, UU

Full list of speakers and agenda to follow.

To book your place please see here.

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