Briefings

The British Academy’s 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.
Ongoing
Europe's Futures
International

The decision of the UK to leave the EU has raised concerns and uncertainty over the land border on the island of Ireland, the Common Travel Area, the Good Friday Agreement as well as the all-island economy. These issues which have been identified as priorities for the Irish Government and for the EU institutions are the focus of our series of briefings with the Royal Irish Academy. By exploring the distinct geographical, historical, legal and economic context of these islands, the briefings aim to inform policies and the wider debate during the negotiations.

This series also seeks to inform policies as they relate to research and innovation. Our priority is to ensure that the excellence and value of UK-based research, scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences are recognised and supported in the various agreements that will be required during and after the Article 50 process. World-class research is outward looking and internationally engaged, benefitting from an exchange of ideas, people, methods and practices across borders.

Email: international@thebritishacademy.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7969 5343

Project outcomes

Association to Erasmus: Challenges and Opportunities

A briefing outlining past patterns of association to the Erasmus programme and drawing out lessons learnt for the UK.

The European Structural and Investment Funds – Contribution to UK research and innovation

The British Academy, The Learned Society of Wales, The Royal Society of Edinburgh & Royal Irish Academy

This explainer details the role that European Structural and Investment Funds play in supporting investment and capacity building in UK research and innovation.

Brexit, Rights, and the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement

The British Academy

This briefing explores how far the Withdrawal Agreement addresses the protection of human (and equality) rights in Northern Ireland.

Association with European Union Framework Programmes for Research & Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities

The British Academy

A briefing outlining past patterns of association to EU Framework Programmes and drawing out lessons learnt for the UK.

Europe on the Horizon: Examining the Value of European Research Collaboration

The British Academy

A briefing detailing the range of European research collaborations that take place within the humanities and social sciences and illustrating their impact on UK research, higher education and society.

Legal Aspects of the Precautionary Principle

The British Academy

This briefing examines the legal aspects of the precautionary principle and helps inform the debate as the UK Government prepares to incorporate the precautionary principle into UK law.

The Belfast / Good Friday Agreement, the Island of Ireland Economy and Brexit

The British Academy

A briefing signalling the risks of the UK’s planned departure from the EU which could remove the economic elements underpinning the Belfast/ Good Friday Agreement, depending on the UK’s final settlement.

Frontier Knowledge for Future Gain: Why the European Research Council Matters

The British Academy

This briefing examines the critical role played by the European Research Council (ERC) in supporting the UK research base.

Brexit Means…? The British Academy’s Priorities for the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Current Negotiations

The British Academy

A briefing outlining our goal to ensure that the excellence and value of UK-based research, scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences are recognised and supported in the various agreements that will be required during and after the Article 50 process.

Brexit and the Irish Border: Historical Context

The British Academy

A briefing highlighting some key aspects of the history of the Irish border over the past century with a view to informing current discussions in relation to the UK's planned departure from the EU.

Brexit and the Irish Border: Legal and Political Questions

The British Academy

This briefing aims to inform legal and political questions in relation to the Irish border, and in the context of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

The Good Friday Agreement, Brexit, and Rights

The British Academy

The briefing considers the relationship between the Belfast-Good Friday Agreement, which underpins the peace settlement in Northern Ireland, and Brexit.

The Common Travel Area: More Than Just Travel

The British Academy

A briefing which examines issues pertaining to the Common Travel Area in the context of the UK’s planned departure from the EU, including as they relate to the Schengen Convention, other EU/EEA citizens and the border.

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