Brexit: an academic conference

10 Nov 2016, 9:00 - 12:30

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster

Scrabble tiles spelling Brexit

This conference brought together parliamentary researchers and academics to consider some of the key policy areas affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU. It was co-hosted by POST, the House of Commons Library and Parliament’s Universities Programme in collaboration with Research Councils UK (RCUK). The purpose of the day was to discuss the effect of Brexit on different policy areas and help researchers and academics connect, network and share expertise and ideas.

The keynote was given by Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, Kings College London and Director of the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative. Attendees also heard from Phil Sooben, Director for Policy and Research and Deputy Chief Executive, ESRC, Patrick Vollmer, Director of Library Services, House of Lords and Penny Young, Librarian and Head of Participation, Research and Information at the House of Commons. Please click here to see the full programme from the day.

Attendees were able to view stalls showcasing key RCUK investments and to discuss these with the academics and RCUK staff involved in these projects. There were also six parallel facilitated discussion groups on different policy areas which allowed academics and parliamentary researchers to discuss issues in more depth. These covered the followed areas.

• Trade relations and economic impact
• Foreign and security policy
• Immigration
• Environment, agriculture and fisheries
• Energy and climate change
• Science and research funding

You can read a short write up of the key discussion points for each session by clicking the links above. Please note that the views expressed in these are those of the participants and not those of the organisers.

You can also read a blog that POST’s Director wrote about the day here on Second Reading, the House of Commons Library blog.

Further information

The Commons Library and Lords Library produces impartial analysis of the impact of Brexit on key policy areas. It also explains the process for leaving the EU. Visit the Brexit hub here.

You can also find out which Select Committees are currently accepting written evidence on Brexit-related topics here.

Parliament’s Universities Programme provides opportunities for academic researchers to work with and learn about the UK Parliament. Find out about opportunities for academics.


Image: Flickr - Jeff Djevdet.