On the brink of Brexit: The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe

By On October 13, 2018

On the brink of Brexit: The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe

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The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. But as the date approaches, important aspects of the withdrawal agreement as well as the future relationship between the U.K. and EU, particularly on trade, remain unresolved. Nowhere are the stakes higher than in Northern Ireland, where the re-imposition of a hard border with Ireland could threaten a hard-fought peace. Scotland, which voted resoundingly against Brexit, has raised questions about the future of devolved governance arrangements in the U.K., while the independence question remains alive. As Robert Bosch Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat writes in her recent report “Divided kingdom: How Brexit is remaking the UK’s constitutional order,” “Brexit will alter not one but two unions: the European Union and the United Kingdom.”

On October 23, 2018, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings will host a panel discussion on the Brexit endgame. It will examine what the decisions of the coming weeks could mean for the U.K., Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland, the European Union, and the United States. Sloat will be joined on the panel by Douglas Alexander, former U.K. Secretary of State for Scotland and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Lucinda Creighton, former Irish Minister for European Affairs; and Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to the United States. Edward Luce of the Financial Times will moderate.

This discussion is part of the Brookings â€" Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative, which aims to build up and expand resilient networks and trans-Atlantic activities to analyze and work on issues concerning trans-Atlantic relations and social cohesion in Europe and the United States.

Thomas Wright

Director - Center on the United States and Europe

Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy

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Amanda Sloat

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe

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Douglas Alexander

Senior Fellow - Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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Lucinda Creighton

CEO - Vulcan Consulting

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Sir Kim Darroch

British Ambassador to the United States - British Embassy Washington

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Ed ward Luce

Washington Columnist and Commentator - Financial Times

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