89 Mar 2018

The Parliamentary Scrutiny of Brexit: Perspectives from Europe and the UK

Programme

Day 1: Thursday 8 March 2018

13:15 – 13:30: Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop by Thomas Christiansen and Diane Fromage (Maastricht University)

13:30 – 15:15: Panel 1: Brexit and the UK parliament

  • Chair: Thomas Christiansen (Maastricht University)
  • Richard Whitaker, Philip Lynch, & Adam Cygan (University of Leicester) - Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process: Contestation and division in Parliament
  • Julie Smith (University of Cambridge and House of Lords) - Fighting to "take back control", the role of Westminster in Brexit
  • Discussant: Paul Dowling, UK House of Lords representative in Brussels 

15:15 – 15.45: Coffee break

15.45 – 17.45: Panel 2: Brexit and Member States parliaments in the EU27

  • Chair: Diane Fromage (Maastricht University)
  • Vanessa Buth, (University of East Anglia), Anna-Lena Högenauer (University of Luxemburg), & Petr Kaniok (Masaryk University) - Brexit-Scrutiny in the 27: What Role for Parliaments?
  • Vivien Sierens & Nathalie Brack (Free University of Brussels) - Which Role for Belgian Parliaments in EU affairs? The case of Brexit in a Europhile country
  • Discussant:  Tim de Bondt, Belgian Senate

Day 2: Friday 9 March 2018

9:00: Welcome coffee 

9:30 – 11:30: Panel 3: Brexit, the European Parliament and EU citizens

  • Chair: Anna Herranz-Surrallés (Maastricht University)
  • Monika Brusenbauch Meislová (Palacký University Olomouc) - The European Parliament in the Brexit Process: Leading Role, Supporting Role or just a Small Cameo?
  • Jan Claudius Völkel (Free University of Brussels) - The European Parliament’s relations with the Middle East: Weaker when Westminster has gone?
  • Natassa Athanasiadou (Maastricht University) - Citizens' participation in Brexit negotiations
  • Discussant: Member of Mr Verhofstadt's cabinet (tbc)

11.30 – 12:30: Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Conference fee

no fee will be requested

Venue

Maastricht University Campus Brussels
Address: Avenue de l'Armée 10, 1040 Brussels

How to reach UM Campus Brussels:

Metro: from the Central station take the purple metro line 1 leading to Stockel (not line 5 to Herrmann-Debroux) and get off at ‘Montgomery’. Take exit ‘Boulevard de Saint-Michel / Rue Tervuren 1-171 and then turn right. Walk in the direction of the Arch (Arcade du Cinquantenaire) and enter the second street on your left. This is the Avenue de l’Armée/ Legerlaan and after 10 meters the UM Campus Brussels will be on your left side.

Brussels Airport: take bus 12 or bus 21 that both cover the area between Brussels Airport and the city center. In both cases get off at ‘Diamant’ and take the tram line 23 or 24 both in the direction of ‘Vanderkindere’ or take line 25 in the direction of Boondaal Station. Get off at ‘Montgomery’. Walk in the direction of the Arch (Arcade du Cinquantenaire) and enter the second street on your left. This is the Avenue de l’Armée/ Legerlaan and after 10 meters the UM Campus Brussels will be on your left side.