Back to Open Courses

Analysing the Possible Impact of Brexit on Government Policies and Processes

29th-30th September 2016

‘To assess the range of potential impacts of Brexit on Government policies, processes, and legislation, and to examine the possible process for the UK leaving the EU and the role of the Civil Service.’

Learning Outcomes

  • To create awareness and prepare the Civil Service for alternative policy landscapes and processes
  • Assess the key policy foundations of the EU, including the Lisbon Treaty and the European Single Market
  • Impact of Brexit on Local Government
  • Analyse the possible processes involved in leaving the EU
  • Explore the role of the Civil Service in negotiating the UK leaving the EU
  • Gain an insight into the key EU institutions, and how the UK’s relationship with the EU will look prior to Brexit
  • Assess the possible impacts on the UK legislative process, including reviewing, repealing or amending existing legislation, regulations and directives
  • Gain an insight into alternative models of relating to the EU and the Single Market, i.e. Norwegian model
  • Analyse the potential impact of Brexit on devolved administrations

Chair: Professor Richard Whitman
Expert, The UK in a Changing Europe
Director of the Global Europe Centre
Professor of Politics & International Relations at the University of Kent, Senior Fellow of the Europe Program, Chatham House

Dr Simon Usherwood
Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) (Arts, English and Languages, Politics and Sociology)
Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Surrey
Expert, UK in a Changing Europe

Professor Allison Harcourt
Professor of Public Policy, University of Exeter
Expert, UK in a Changing Europe

Sir Jeremy Greenstock
Former British Diplomat
Chairman of the UN Association in the UK
Chairman of Gatehouse Advisory Partners Ltd.

Dr Andrew Blick
Lecturer in Politics & Contemporary History, King’s College University

Professor Adam Lezowski, Westminster University
Professor of EU Law, University of Westminster

Programme

Day One

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair’s Introduction
  • Background and overview of key themes
Chair, Professor Richard Whitman
  • Head, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent; Senior Associate Fellow at Chatham House; Director, Global Europe Centre; Expert, UK in a Changing Europe
10:15
The Key Institutions & Policy Foundations of the EU
  • The Lisbon Treaty
  • The European Single Market
  • The European Commission; The Council Of Ministers; The European Parliament
The UK’s relationship with the EU prior to Brexit
  • What role might the UK play in the EU for the next few years?
  • UK’s role in the EU council & EU Parliament
  • Handling new EU legislation in the next few years
Dr Simon Usherwood
  • Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) (Arts, English and Languages, Politics and Sociology)
  • Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Surrey
  • Expert, UK in a Changing Europe
11:15
Refreshments
11:30
Overview of the potential impact of Brexit on Government policies and processes
  • Processes and negotiations involved in leaving the EU
  • Negotiating future trade relationships
  • Reviewing existing EU legislation, regulations and directives
  • Managing potential risks to devolved administrations, economy, and peace
Professor Allison Harcourt
  • Professor of Public Policy, University of Exeter; Expert, UK in a Changing Europe
12:30
Lunch
13:30
The possible process of leaving the EU, Post-Brexit Arrangements and their Potential Impact
  • Formal and informal negotiations
  • Invoking Article 50
  • Single Market access
  • Costs and benefits of different post-Brexit arrangements
  • Free Trade Area
  • Customs Union
Chair, Professor Richard Whitman
14:30
Refreshments
14:45
The UK's position as a Global Power
  • Possible new foreign policy requirements
  • Relationship-building and negotiating post Brexit
Sir Jeremy Greenstock
  • Former British Diplomat, chairman of the UN Association in the UK and chairman of the strategic advisory company Gatehouse Advisory Partners Ltd.
16:15
Final Discussion and Questions
16:30
Close

Day Two

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair’s Introduction
10:00
The role of the UK Civil Service in negotiating the UK leaving the EU
  • Potential challenge of negotiating continued access to the EU single market whilst restricting the free movement of labour
  • Negotiating new trade agreements around the world
11:15
Refreshments
11:30
How Brexit affects UK legislative and policy processes
  • Repealing the European Communities Act (ECA) of 1972
  • Reviewing, repealing or amending existing legislation that was enacted to satisfy EU membership over 40 years
  • Determining which EU ‘Regulations’ and ‘Directives’ to retain
12:45
Lunch
13:30
Potential Impact of Brexit on devolved administrations
  • Impact on Scottish Parliament, and possibility of second Scottish independence referendum
  • Potential implications for Northern Ireland, including the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland
  • Will the devolved legislatures consent to repeal EU law, and if they refuse what is the risk of a constitutional crisis if Westminster overrules?
Dr Andrew Blick
  • Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King’s College University
14:45
Refreshments
15:00
Case Study: Norwegian Model of EU Single Market Access
Professor Adam Lezowski, Westminster University
  • Professor of EU Law, University of Westminster
16:15
Final Questions
16:30
Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

Top