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The Economic Implications of Brexit on European Regions #BrexitEURegions

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European Committee of the Regions, 101, rue Belliard/Belliardstraat, B-1040 Brussels, +32 282 2358

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City-REDI, supported by ESRC and The UK in a Changing EU, are hosting a Brexit Workshop at the European Committee of the Regions. The workshop aims to bring together political and business leaders, together with academics and civil society organisations to discuss the likely impact of Brexit on European regions.

During the workshop we will share findings from our ESRC funded Brexit project[1] on the likely impacts of Brexit on the Europe’s sectors, regions, and cities. Our analysis draws upon the most detailed regional-national-international trade and competition datasets currently available anywhere in the world, allowing us to examine the impacts of different post-Brexit trade scenarios on European regions.

Our results identify a very noticeable patterns to the levels of exposure across Europe with northwestern European regions typically being the most exposed to Brexit, while regions in southern and eastern Europe are barely affected at all by Brexit, at least in terms of the trade linkages.

The workshop will also provide a platform for city, regional and national stakeholders to share their own regional-specific research findings and collaborate with us on developing alternative post-Brexit scenarios, considering both what city-regional authorities want and also what policy responses are likely to be most effective.


FINAL AGENDA

Arrivals, registration and coffee

9:00 am

Welcome address

  • Cllr Michael Murphy, Head of the Irish Delegation to the EU Committee of the Regions.
  • Cllr Sir Albert Bore, President of the UK Delegation to the European CoR
  • Professor Raquel Ortega Argiles, City-REDI – University of Birmingham

9:15-11:00h am

Session 1: Regional Analysis

  • Professor Philip McCann, University of Sheffield
  • Dr. Martina Lawless, ESRI
  • Professor Edgar Morgenroth, Dublin City University
  • Professor Ignazio Cabras, Northumbria University (tbc)

Chair: Frank van Oort

11:00-11:15h

Refreshments Break

11:15-12:45h

Session 2: Competitiveness challenges

  • Professor Frank van Oort, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
  • Dr. Mark Thissen, Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Professor Maria C. Latorre, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Harvard Business School

Chair: Bart Los

12:45-13:30h

Lunch Break

13:30-15:00h

Session 3: Sectoral analysis

  • Professor Bart Los, University of Groningen
  • Dr. Sebastian Benz, OECD
  • Dr. Mercy Ojo, Newcastle University

Chair: Raquel Ortega-Argiles

15:00-16:45h

Session 4: Brexit governance challenges

  • Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles, University of Birmingham
  • Cllr Sir Albert Bore, President of the UK Delegation to the European CoR
  • Larissa Brunner, European Policy Centre
  • Professor Daniel Wincott, The UK in a Changing Europe
  • Professor Simon Collinson, University of Birmingham
  • Dr. Etain Tannam, Trinity College Dublin (tbc)

Chair: Philip McCann

16:45- 17h

Closure speech

  • Professor Raquel Ortega-Argiles, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Daniel Wincott, The UK in a Changing Europe
  • Cllr Michael Murphy, Head of the Irish Delegation to the EU Committee of the Regions.
  • Cllr Sir Albert Bore, President of the UK Delegation to the European CoR




[1] Our research team is comprised of scholars from the UK and The Netherlands, including Prof. Raquel Ortega-Argilés (project leader), Dr. Chloe Billing, Dr. Deniz Sevinc (City-REDI, University of Birmingham), Prof. Philip McCann (University of Sheffield), Prof. Bart Los, Dr. Wen Chen, Pieter IJtsma (University of Groningen), Dr. Mark Thissen (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency) and Prof. Frank van Oort and Dr. Nicola Cortinovis (Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Utrecht). The project is also supported by Centre for Cities, ResPublica, Policy Scotland, IPPR North and the Local Growth Analysis team at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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