The Future of the UK-EU Relationship
13 February 2024, 9:00 am–5:30 pm
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
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).
Vale de Almeida is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and former EU Ambassador to the UK.
Naomi Pohl, General Secretary, Musicians Union
Adrian Pabst, NIESR
Mike Clancy, Prospect
Sophie Hale, Resolution Foundation
Amelia Hadfield, University of Surrey
Ben Martill, University of Edinburgh, Moderator
Prof Helen Drake, Loughborough University
Luigi Scazzieri, Centre for European Reform
Michael Grubb, Chair
David Henig, ECIPE
Francesca Batzella, University of Hertfordshire
Ilaria Espa, World Trade Institute
Helena Farrand-Carrapico, University of Northumbria
Gemma Davies, University of Durham
Valsamis Mitsilegas, University of Liverpool
Elaine Fahey, City University
Tamara Hervey, City University
Mark Dayan, Nuffield Trust
Layla McKay, NHS Confederation
Jean Hale, University of Birmingham
Ian Preston, IFS
Sofia Vasilopoulou, King's College London
Jean-Pierre Gauci, BIICL
Sunder Katwala, British Future
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)
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