UCL European Institute


The Future of the UK-EU Relationship

13 February 2024, 9:00 am–5:30 pm

UK-EU Flag Blend

Join us for this one day conference, co-convened by the Independent Commission on UK-EU Relations and UCL European Institute, in which experts will exchange perspectives on the future UK-EU relationship

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The UK's departure from the EU has led to dramatic change not just to the UK economy and the country's trading relationships, but also in security and defence, police and judicial cooperation, health and social care, migration, climate, and the UK’s place in the world.

This one day conference will examine some of those changes in detail, discuss the differentiated impact of the current relationship with the EU on specific sectors of activity, and suggest ways ahead for the UK and EU which could improve collaboration and outcomes for both sides.

Participants are drawn from industry, policy, diplomacy and academia. These include senior figures in the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the Prospect trade union and the Musicians Union, the NHS Confederation and the Nuffield Trust.

They are joined by representatives of think tanks including the Institute for Government, Centre for European Reform and the European Centre for International Political Economy, as well as senior academics.

The day is developed in partnership with the Europa Institute (University of Edinburgh), and the Centre for Britain and Europe (University of Surrey).


08:45 - 09:15 Welcome, registration and coffee

09:15 - 09:30 Keynote: Vale de Almeida

Vale de Almeida is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and former EU Ambassador to the UK.

09:30 - 10:45 Plenary: The UK economy and the UK - EU relationship

Naomi Pohl, General Secretary, Musicians Union

Adrian Pabst, NIESR

Mike Clancy, Prospect

Sophie Hale, Resolution Foundation

11:00 - 12:00 Panel: Security and defence

Amelia Hadfield, University of Surrey

Ben Martill, University of Edinburgh, Moderator

Prof Helen Drake, Loughborough University

Luigi Scazzieri, Centre for European Reform

11:00 - 12:00 Panel: Climate and trade

Michael Grubb, Chair

David Henig, ECIPE

Francesca Batzella, University of Hertfordshire

Ilaria Espa, World Trade Institute

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 Panel: Law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters

Helena Farrand-Carrapico, University of Northumbria

Gemma Davies, University of Durham

Valsamis Mitsilegas, University of Liverpool

Elaine Fahey, City University

13:00 - 14:00 Panel: Health and social care

Tamara Hervey, City University

Mark Dayan, Nuffield Trust

Layla McKay, NHS Confederation

Jean Hale, University of Birmingham

14:15 - 15:15 Panel: Migration and populism

Ian Preston, IFS

Sofia Vasilopoulou, King's College London

Jean-Pierre Gauci, BIICL

Sunder Katwala, British Future

14:15 - 15:15 Panel: Brexit and devolution

John Edward, Scottish Council on Global Affairs

Jackie Jones, former MEP and Labour PPC

Katy Hayward, Queens University Belfast

Akash Paun, Institute for Government (Moderator)

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 16:00 Keynote: Paul Drechsler

Paul Drechsler CBE is the Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce UK, Former President of Confederation of British Industry (CBI), President of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) and Independent Director of Schroders & Co. Previous Board Member; Greencore, Bibby Line Group, Wates Group, Essentra and ICI Plc. 

16:00 - 17:15 Plenary: Politics, public opinion and the future of Britain

Joe Twyman, Deltapoll

Uta Staiger, UCL European Institute

Heather Rolfe, British Future

Annette Dittert, journalist

Full programme of speakers