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Brexit Briefings

Brexit Briefings

The British Academy’s Brexit briefings explore the challenges and the key issues related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU within the context of research and innovation and UK-Ireland relations. These briefings intend to raise awareness of the topics and questions that need consideration and/or responses as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU.

There are many implications, and potential scenarios, for the future of UK research, including in the humanities and social sciences. The British Academy’s briefing Frontier Knowledge for Future Gain: Why the European Research Council Matters focuses on one part of this uncertain landscape, the European Research Council (ERC). 

The ERC supports frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and encourages the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding, on the basis of scientific excellence. In the current EU Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, running from 2014-2020, of which the ERC is a central part, the ERC has a budget of € 13 billion, which is 17% of the entire Horizon 2020 budget.

The decision of the UK to leave the EU has also raised concerns and uncertainty over the land border, the Common Travel Area as well as the Good Friday Agreement. These issues which have been identified as priorities for the Irish Government and for the EU institutions are the focus of our briefings. By exploring the distinct geographical, historical and legal context, these Brexit Briefings will serve to inform policies and the wider debate during the negotiations. They follow on from the British Academy’s statements on the implications of Brexit for higher education and research

The first four briefings in this series of policy discussion papers are available to download here:

Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context is written by Professor Mary E. Daly MRIA, Professor Emeritus in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin.  

Brexit and the Irish Border: Legal and Political Questions is written by Gordon Anthony, Professor of Public Law in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast and Director of the Academy of European Public Law.

The Common Travel Area: More Than Just Travel is written by Professor Imelda Maher MRIA, Dean of Law and the inaugural Sutherland Full Professor of European Law at University College Dublin.

The Good Friday Agreement, Brexit and Rights is written by Professor Chris McCrudden, Professor of Equality and Human Rights Law at Queen’s University Belfast and William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

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