Post-Brexit Northern Ireland:
Living with the Protocol
1 January 2021 heralded a new post-Brexit era in the UK’s relations with its European neighbours. Northern Ireland is now located at the interface of the UK and the EU and not just in geographical terms. With the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, it is in a unique position of being formally outside the EU but subject to its customs and internal market rules for goods as well as other arrangements such as those designed to ensure no diminution of rights set out the 1998 Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.
Many of the immediate consequences of Brexit, such as new formalities and disruptions and delays to supplies, received a lot of press in January. But looking beyond those headlines, is the Protocol working or indeed workable in practice, and what is on the horizon for post-Brexit Northern Ireland as the UK’s new relationship with the EU takes shape?
Join us for a special panel discussion with some of the key journalists and academics who, for the past few years, have been guiding us through all things Brexit.
With David Phinnemore and Katy Hayward from Queen’s University Belfast, Lisa O’Carroll from The Guardian, Naomi O’Leary from The Irish Times and BBC NI’s John Campbell.
About the Speakers
David Phinnemore is Professor of European Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Science in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Phinnemore’s research interests cover EU treaty reform, EU enlargement, EU external relations and alternatives to EU membership, particularly association.
Katy Hayward is a Professor in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast. Katy is also a Senior Fellow with UK in a Changing Europe. She has particular expertise on cross-border cooperation and management, focusing on the case study of Ireland/Northern Ireland and the impact of EU membership.
Lisa O’Carroll is the Brexit correspondent and senior reporter at The Guardian. You can find Lisa on Twitter at @lisaocarroll
Naomi O’Leary is Europe correspondent for the Irish Times and co-creator of The Irish Passport podcast. You can find Naomi on Twitter at @NaomiOhReally
John Campbell is the Economics and Business Editor at BBC Northern Ireland. You can find John on Twitter at @JP_Biz