Post Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?

Date
Time
10:00 to 16:00
Location
Moot Court, School of Law, Queens University, Belfast

This one-day conference from BrexitLawNI and the Equality Coalition will examine the risks of hardened entitlement boundaries between different groups of citizens in post-Brexit Northern Ireland.

The existing paradigm of two main citizenship categories (EU and non-EU) will be expanded to include many more sub-divisions should the current Brexit proposals proceed (as is shown in the table below). Topics explored at the conference will include: entitlements differentials, citizenship status and rights, racial profiling, compliance with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, ‘hostile environment’ measures, the scope of the ‘Common Travel Area’, and the retained EU citizens’ rights provisions under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Equality Coalition is Co-Convened by CAJ and UNISON. BrexitLawNI is a collaborative ESRC-funded research project between CAJ and the Law Schools of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

To book a place at the conference, email events@caj.org.uk. Please state any access or dietary requirements.

Conference Programme

9.30amRegistration
10.00am

Welcome and Overview

Welcome: Professor Colin Harvey (BrexitLawNI Principal Investigator & Professor of Human Rights Law at QUB) and Patricia McKeown (UNISON General Secretary & Equality Coalition Co-Convener)

Overview: Daniel Holder (CAJ Deputy Director & Equality Coalition Co-Convener)

10.30am

Panel 1: Implications of Brexit for EU26, EEA and non-EU migrants in NI

Chair: Professor Colin Harvey

Panel: Bernadette McAliskey (STEP Coordinator), Una Boyd (CAJ Immigration Project Coordinator) and Nathalie Donnelly (Local Organiser for UNISON)

11.45am

Panel 2: Political representatives on post-Brexit citizenship status

Chair: Professor Kieran McEvoy (Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, QUB)

Panel: Steven Agnew (MLA, Green Party), Stephen Farry (MLA, Alliance), Claire Hanna (MLA, SDLP), Mike Nesbitt (MLA, UUP), Niall Ó Donnghaile (Senator, Sinn Féin), and a DUP representative (tbc)

12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm

Afternoon opening session

Overview: Brian Gormally (CAJ Director)

Keynote address: Tony Lloyd (Labour MP & Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland) and a UK government spokesperson (name tbc)

2.00pm

Panel 3: Implications of Brexit for British and Irish citizens in NI

Chair: Patricia McKeown

Panel: Emma de Souza (immigration and citizen rights campaigner), Jane Morrice (UK Member of the Brussels-based European Economic and Social Committee & Honorary President of European Movement NI), Niall Murphy (solicitor) and Terry Wright (community unionist)

3.15pm

Closing plenary

Chair: Dr Anna Bryson (Senior Lecturer, QUB), with members of the BrexitLawNI and Equality Coalition teams.

The Equality Coalition is Co-Convened by CAJ and UNISON. BrexitLawNI is a collaborative ESRC-funded research project between CAJ and the Law Schools of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University. This event is supported by the UNISON Campaign Fund and Queen’s University Belfast.