Voice through Law: Navigating and Negotiating Brexit

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University of Liverpool in London

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Conference overview: To date, analytical focus on proposals for EU citizens’ post-Brexit residence entitlements in the UK has been on whether they offer a sufficient equivalent to those currently offered by EU law. Yet in reality, even before the referendum, the operation of Union citizenship rules created numerous gaps in protection, particularly for those in unpaid, low-paid or precarious work. As a result, any assessment that critiques new residence proposals by reference to Union citizenship gives ‘voice’ only to those who sit comfortably within that framework. Crucially, this simultaneously risks denying voice to those who already fell through the gaps in EU citizenship’s purportedly protective rights offering and who are at much greater risk of residence insecurity in practice.

This multi-stakeholder conference employs the concept of societal ‘voice’ as an alternative analytical framework to address this current deficit in the discussion about EU citizens’ residence security. By bringing together a wide range of participants – from academia, legal practice, media, the third sector, campaign groups – the conference will consider how a greater diversity of citizens’ voices can be heard as the UK heads towards Brexit, in order better to inform policy, administrative, legal, media and third sector responses.

Confirmed speakers include: Anne-Laure Donskoy (the3million); Matthew Evans (AIRE Centre); Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University); Paul Heron and Helen Mowatt (Lambeth Law Centre); Simon Hoffman (Swansea University); Thomas Horsley (University of Liverpool); Ruth Jacob (Crisis); Charlotte O’Brien (University of York) (keynote speaker); Naomi O’Leary (freelance journalist); Keith Puttick (Staffordshire University); Stephanie Reynolds (University of Liverpool); Frances Trevena (CORAM)

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09:00 - 09:30Conference registration

09:30 – 09:45Introduction to ‘Voice through Law’ project

09:45 – 10:30Keynote and Q&A:

‘Rose-tinted Glasses: Residence Security and Access to Social Assistance before and after the UK Referendum’

Charlotte O’Brien, University of York

10:30 -10:45Coffee

10:45 – 13:00PANEL A (Chair: Eleanor Drywood) – Navigating Brexit

During this panel, different stakeholders will examine the diverse challenges to residence security posed before and after the referendum. Each substantive area will be discussed by one academic and one speaker working in the field, followed by a joint question and answer session.

Brexit, children and voice

Simon Hoffman (Swansea University)

Frances Trevena (CORAM)

The detention and deportation of EU citizen rough sleepers

Stephanie Reynolds (University of Liverpool)

Ruth Jacob (Crisis)

Brexit and the EU precariat

Keith Puttick (Staffordshire University)

Matthew Evans (AIRE Centre)

13:00 – 14:00Lunch

14:00 – 16:30PANEL B- (Chair: Harriet Gray) Negotiating Brexit

This panel will consider some of the potential routes to voice both in the run-up to and following UK exit and their accessibility to different stakeholders.


Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University)


Naomi O’Reilly (Freelance Journalist)

Legal Practice

Paul Heron; Helen Mowatt (Lambeth Law Centre; Public Interest Law Unit)


Anne-Laure Donskoy (the3million)

16:30 - Closing remarks

'Collective Voice: Navigating and Negotiating Brexit Together

Thomas Horsley (University of Liverpool)

Eleanor Drywood is chairing Panel A and Harriet Gray is chairing Panel B.

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