2019 Annual Conference

The United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union (?)

Domestic and European Constitutional Implications

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University of Strathclyde, 24 – 25 April 2019

The UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU involves a major change to – and major test of – the UK’s constitutional arrangements, the precise implications of which remain unclear.  It is also an event of profound significance for the UK’s closest neighbour, Ireland, and for the EU itself.  Barring a decision to delay or revoke the Article 50 process, the UK will cease to be a member of the EU on 29 March 2019.  This conference will mark the UK’s withdrawal from the EU by reflecting on the constitutional legacy (for the UK, Ireland, and the EU) of 45 years of UK membership of the EU, the constitutional implications of the conduct of the withdrawal process, the likely impact of Brexit on the UK’s domestic constitutional order, and the constitutional significance of post-Brexit relationships with Ireland, with the EU, with new trading partners, and with other external organisations, such as the Council of Europe.


Keynote and plenary speakers

  • Professor Martin Loughlin, London School of Economics 

  • Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary University of London

  • Professor Jo Murkens, London School of Economics

  • Professor Rosa Greaves, University of Glasgow, University of Oslo


Conference Timetable

Wednesday 24 April

10.30 – 11: Registration

11-12.15: Welcome and Keynote Lecture

Chair – Aileen McHarg 

Martin Loughlin, ‘In Search of the Constitution’

12.15-1.15: Lunch

1.15-3: Parallel Panels

Panel A: Constitutionalism on the Island of Ireland in the 21st Century 

Panel B: UK Constitutionalism after the Vote to Leave the EU

3.-3.30: Coffee

3.30-5.15: Parallel Panels 

Panel C: Northern Ireland and Brexit: Distinct by Design 

Panel D: The Continuing Relevance of EU Law in the UK

5.15-6.30: Reception

7-9: Conference Dinner

Thursday 25 April

9-10.45: Parallel Panels

Panel E: Relations between Parliament and Government 

Panel F: Leaving the UK Behind – Integration in the EU with and without the State

10.45-11.15: Coffee

11.15-1: Plenary Panel: The Implications of Brexit for the Future of the EU

Chair – Iyiola Solanke

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, ‘The EU after Brexit: Disintegration or “Ever Closer Union’?’

Jo Murkens, ‘Down but not out: the UK’s Reluctant Role in European Integration’

Rosa Greaves, ‘Some observations on the EU's role in the international stage post Brexit'

1-2: Lunch

2.-2.30: Plenary Session: Developing the Work of the Chapter

Chair – Oran Doyle

2.30-4.15: Parallel Panels

Panel G: Brexit and Place

Panel H: People and Rights


Conference fee: £40 (£20 student rate). Optional conference dinner: £40.

Registration is now open. Please register here