The Ones Swept Along: What Brexit Means for British Nations and Overseas Territories

This event is organised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation


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12.00  Registration & Lunch

12.30  Start of the Event

Welcome by Sir Graham Watson, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee


Panel Discussion with

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

Sheila Ritchie, MEP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

Stephen Farry, MP, Deputy Leader of the Northern Alliance Party


Tbc, Government of Gibraltar

Moderator: Sebastian Vagt, European Affairs Manager, Friedrich Naumann Foundation Europe




Brexit will have profound but very different consequences for individual parts of the U.K. A majority of people in Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and Scotland voted against Brexit in the 2016 referendum. Still, they will have to exit from the European Union, too. Gibraltar and Northern Ireland, both sharing land borders with the EU, will be very directly affected whereas Wales is at risk to be the region economically most impacted in the U.K.. Moreover, Brexit has already reignited debate about Scottish independence and Irish reunification. How do Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar prepare for Brexit? Which specific challenges are they dealing with? And toward which outcome will they work in the upcoming negotiations on the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU?


Join us for a multi perspective discussion on these and more questions on the eve of the UK's departure from the EU.


January 28, 2020 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Friedrich Naumann Foundation
Av de Cortenbergh 71
Brussels 1000
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